Emergency Children’s Home – Group Living, Ilford
- Age: 6 – 17
- Capacity: 6
- Gender: Male and female
“I’ve never felt as welcomed as I have here. I feel the staff are really supportive at all times and I have felt part of the household since I arrived. Thank you very much to all” – Young person from a rural Midlands authority.
Goodmayes is rated by Ofsted as “Good” and is located near Ilford in Greater London. We take same-day, planned emergency placements of young people up to the age of 17 from anywhere in the country for stays up to 17 days long. The home provides a safe, short-term option for young people experiencing crisis and provides an opportunity for them to live in a safe and nurturing environment during times of placement breakdown, crisis and intervention.
The young people referred to Goodmayes often present great challenges and concerns to those responsible for their safekeeping. Safeguarding is of the highest importance to the Goodmayes team and great emphasis is placed on multi-agency working with regular consultation and liaison with our LADO, the host authority and the local police.
Goodmayes staff work hard to create an environment that offers:
- A homely atmosphere,
- Compassion and understanding,
- Safety, consistency and clear expectations,
- Every opportunity for young people to feel able to talk and make steps towards change,
- Support to help young people identify their spectrum of needs and initiate understanding of healthy responses and coping strategies,
- Constructive time out,
- A bridge to a planned placement or return home.
“The standard of service you provide does kids a world of good. Absolutely lovely accommodation, please pass on my thanks to all of the staff who took such good care of my daughter” – Parent.
Placement and planning process
We require full information and transparency from the referring authority to help us with:
- Risk assessment and management of the individual young person and the group,
- Ensuring Goodmayes can meet the child’s needs and provide safety,
- The creation of thorough and specific care plans.,
- Accurately risk matching to our current residents.
Details on any areas of the following behaviours must be disclosed at the referral stage:
- MAPPA registration,
- Currently under investigation for arson or having an arson conviction,
- Schedule 1 offences,
- Recent episodes of psychotic behaviours,
- Actively suicidal,
- Physical or sexual risk to adults or young people,
- Eating disorder requiring medical monitoring,
- Receiving treatment for drug/alcohol dependency,
- Recently involved in a self-harming incident which required a high level of intervention; have they been assessed by a clinician and any risk management plans prepared?
“Thank you for your input with our young person at this critical time … and for your flexibility and support which has been invaluable” – London borough.
We will provide a daily observation record and analysis. Towards the end of the young person’s stay a report is formulated detailing behaviours, potential causes and healthy responses with recommendations for future care provisions and highlighting areas of concern.
“Your report is excellent and demonstrates your organisation’s level of knowledge and the therapeutic service you are clearly offering vulnerable young people” – Midlands authority.