Hillside School offers care and personal development opportunities for our young people living in 4 individual residences within the School.

The work of the care team is guided by the school improvement plan, self-assessment and quality assurance, on-going inspection and national developments .The collaborative approach of the care team is part of a unified whole school approach to the personal and social development of our young people.

Our primary focus is the delivery of individualised care to our young people utilising the skills of the staff team and the resources of the school. Our staff group is permanent, well trained and encouraged to be creative and imaginative in their approach to their work.

Each young person is allocated a keyworker on admission who will case manage their placement, linking with external agents, family/carers as well as internal professional staff to ensure all aspects of their life are assessed, reviewed and supported.

Each residential unit is supported by a Houseparent who retains an overview of all practical and health needs in a young person’s life and ensures the highest standards of basic care and protection are maintained.

A collaborative approach involving all school staff participating in regular meetings enhances the quality of service available and ensures that all relevant factors and information are considered to improve the care experience of each young person.

Planning and Assessment

The planning, assessment and review of the care placement is supported by the TARSIS system which provides a very clear task centered approach to all aspects of supporting the young person’s development. This system also integrates with education planning to ensure the whole needs of the child or young person are always kept in clear focus and outcomes are identified and measurable.

This approach ensures that the key areas for development are clearly identified and that success criteria are agreed allowing that both adults and young people have a clear defined way forward. Central to the care of the child is ensuring they remain the key driving force in identifying and reviewing their care needs.

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