Our Solo Homes have been created to meet the needs of very complex children and young people. Designed to look after just one young person, an Esland Solo home offer’s a tailored care package which firstly works to identify and then to manage the risks surrounding some of the sector’s most complex children.
Our Solo Homes:
Our Solo Homes have been identified and used as alternatives to secure placements or sectioning in a mental health facility. They are also used as a ‘Remand to Care’ home or as a step from secure by many of our Local Authority partners that have purchased them.
All of our Solo Homes are in rural locations; providing the young people space to be children and express themselves without having an impact on the wider communities. Solo Homes have highly structured placement routines and high staffing ratio’s that offer the young people the opportunity to succeed in all aspects of their lives. We acknowledge that the education opportunities and access to mainstream schools for such complex and traumatised children can be difficult. In response to this, we offer a highly individualised education package that is provided on-site and delivered remotely through our Esland School. The young person will access a range of AQA, ASDAN and Key Stage courses based around their likes, dislikes and abilities.
We believe that children and young people should be involved in developing their own care plan and so we start this from their admission; reviewing it regularly to ensure that it is accessible, achievable and understood by them throughout their placement. All young people placed in Solo Homes will be subject to a 28 day psychological assessment which is included in the costings and will be provided by our partners – Future Minds. This assessment will explore the strengths & difficulties, mental and emotional wellbeing, risk & resilience factors, attachment disorders and wishes, feelings and beliefs in order to build a picture of the young person’s needs. This assessment is key for the staff working with the young person and for the Local Authority as it gives a full and accurate picture of their needs, abilities and aspirations. This then ensures that all care delivered will be individualised and meaningful. The young people can also receive counselling sessions, CBT, DBT, play or music therapy and environmental therapy in order to have them overcome their difficulties.