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  • The staff at Stamford House are very easy to get along wth.
    They understand that they have a job to do but they still have a laugh and joke with you. They are very easy to talk to and trust.

School attendance: 97%

Ofsted 'outstanding' for 6 years

Unauthorised absences 99%

Stamford House

Stamford House children’s home offers high quality, therapeutically informed care for up to 5 children and young people between the ages of 7 to 17

Located on the outskirts of Oldham in expansive grounds, Stamford House provides a homely and safe environment to young people; a vital component when delivering care therapeutically. The practice model at Stamford House is flexible, innovative and focussed on providing therapeutic approaches to addressing the issues that children and young people have as a result of their experiences of trauma.

Why choose Stamford?
  • Track record of successfully supporting young people transitioning into independent living whilst also securing college placements
  • Track record of successfully supporting young people in breaking the cycle of drug and gang related involvement
  • High levels of educational attainment in mainstream and specialist schools
  • Specialists working with attachment disorders and mental health needs
  • Highly qualified and experienced staff team
  • Preparation for foster care and independent living
  • Have given the young people the confidence, ability and opportunities to become involved in community related projects
Location
Summary
  • Beds: 5 (one transitional)
  • Location: Oldham
  • Ofsted Ratings (6 years): Outstanding x 6
Features
  • Specialists working with attachment disorders and mental health needs
  • Highly qualified and experienced staff team
  • Therapeutic Team
  • Consultant Psychologist support
  • CAMHS Service support
Benefits
  • Preparation for foster care or independent living
  • Therapeutic approach stabilises and provides a platform for young people to grow
  • Consistently good outcomes
Case Study

Aimee was removed from her mother’s care aged thirteen due to extreme neglect and physical abuse. Aimee was placed in foster care for a number of years before coming to live at Stamford House, aged sixteen.

Whilst living with foster carers Aimee had become involved in gang activity in London, was misusing drugs & alcohol and had a number of convictions for violence. Aimee was being exploited by the gang and had also been excluded from school as the gang had instructed her to stab another pupil in the school. She had taken a knife to school for this purpose but was stopped by school staff before she harmed anyone. The decision was made to remove Aimee from the London area for her own safety as the influence of the gang was too strong.

Aimee has now lived at Stamford House for nine months and she has made huge progress. The change in her appearance has been dramatic. Aimee now takes pride in her appearance (on arrival Aimee had a significant history of poor hygiene) and now tends to her personal hygiene daily. She likes to ask people to smell her hair because she recognises that she smells nice which is a new experience is for her.

Aimee often uses “flight or flight.” She would regularly run from the home in times of crisis. The staff team have worked with Aimee to encourage her to take herself for time away to reflect on her actions. Aimee more often than not will now take herself for time away in her bedroom rather than run away. 

Staff have taught Aimee the value of her bedroom and encouraged her to personalise her room and use it for quiet time. When Aimee first came to Stamford House, her room was chaotic and not a pleasant place to spend time. Aimee now regularly cleans her room and keeps it tidy and seems to enjoy spending time in there.

Aimee now attends her education provision and thrives on the praise she receives for the progress she is making. Aimee has made a new group of friends in her education group and has secured herself a place at College to study animal care.

Aimee attends a local youth group and takes part in charity work and other social projects.

Aimee never felt comfortable attending her CLA reviews and would become anxious and have outbursts during the meetings. Her IRO and Social Worker have commented on the change in Aimee’s whole demeanour and how she will now confidently take part in her CLA review. They commented that “Aimee’s whole appearance and presentation has changed” and that “Aimee seems a lot happier in herself and more hopeful for the future.”

Secure Base

The Secure Base Model (Schofield & Beek) provides a positive framework for therapeutic caregiving, which helps young people feel secure and builds their resilience. It focuses on the interactions that occur between caregivers and young people on a minute by minute basis. It also considers how those relationships can enable the child to develop competence in the outside world of school, peer group and community.

Therapeutic Input at Stamford House

For quality and consistency Family Care employs its own therapeutic team. The team are all qualified therapists, registered with HCPC. Our therapist meets with the team twice a month through a ‘consultation model.’ Research shows that consultation is the most effective model of delivering therapeutic interventions, through a staff team, in a systemic way. This creates the ideal conditions for direct work where this is deemed appropriate.

Therapeutic governance enhances risk management and provides a further layer of safeguarding, not only the young people in our care but also for the teams caring for them.

At Family Care we believe that integrating therapeutic support into residential practice strengthens and empowers existing staff’s knowledge and skills. This improves team resilience, job satisfaction, helps to reduce turnover and contributes to consistently positive outcomes for the children and young people in our care.

“The staff are very to get along with. They understand that they have a job to do but they still have a laugh and joke with you. They are very easy to talk to and trust.”
Young Person - 2015

The Stamford House team are committed to helping our children and young people achieve their full potential as we guide them towards independence. Consistent care with a sensitive approach helps the young people feel valued, whilst learning the essential skills to enable them to find their place in society. Stamford House aims to offer our young people a secure base where they can develop their social skills within the boundaries of a safe and homely environment. The team share the belief and ethos that all young people’s progress and development is paramount and central to all that we do.

Manager – John Allen

Young people receive unique care and support that is specific and individualised to meet their assessed needs. Staff are committed to helping young people achieve their individual goals and aspirations and have made a significant contribution to making a difference to young people’s lives.

Ofsted 2015
To find out more about Stamford House and the other services we provide across the UK please contact:
Tel: 01772 647500