Children’s Residential Services

Omega Care operates 3 Ofsted registered Children’s residential homes, two are based in the Liverpool City region and the third in Cheshire west. All settings offer a recovery based/solution focussed approach to working with children and young people, aged 10-17, with complex EBD care needs.

We have an absolute commitment to fulfilling our mission statement:

Growth through potential, Valued, nurtured, Realised roots for the future.

Enabling children and young people to overcome adverse childhood experiences.

All our services are delivered within our PARTNERSHIP approach.

We operate within a positive behavioural management framework with clear, negotiated boundaries and aspirations, and use restorative practices, where appropriate to:

  • move forward
  • restore and support stability
  • promote understanding and empathy
  • promote resilience and the young person’s ability to overcome negativities

Settings aim to use creative activity scheduling to develop a ‘zone of tolerance’ promoting:

  • positive gratification
  • development
  • social inclusion
  • pleasure and positivity

Staff will support the young person to identify what generates happiness for them as individuals, staff will then work with the young person to develop this further promoting a virtuous cycle.

We will always see the child first, valuing them for who and what they are, and what they bring, and any complexities as secondary. The settings make use of a dedicated version of the ILP, specifically designed for use in the Children’s Homes. This is delivered in a child centered manner, fully recognising individual learning styles.

Progression through placement is measured using the innovative COMPASS measuring monitoring tool, addressing 12 key areas. Outcomes are addressed and monitored effectively.

Staff are central to all aspects of delivering meaningful services and operate within a ‘whole team’ approach. Staff are supported effectively and receive extensive training including working to our ethos, partnership working, RPI, safeguarding etc, and have ongoing access to further developmental opportunities. All staff complete training in adverse childhood experiences to support a trauma informed approach. We aim to enable a relationship based way of working with children and young people and to ensure coherence and consistency of approach.

As a service we are committed to ensuring the rights of the young person and to enabling their voice to be meaningfully heard. A range of mechanisms are in place to facilitate this, with young people being made fully aware of their rights. This includes their right to make a complaint- the process is clear and adaptable to meet the needs of the individual.

Accommodation in all the settings is to a very high standard, homely and welcoming, with ‘Banksy’ art and contemporary furnishings throughout. Children and young people are given opportunity and support to personalise their own space.

Children and young people are actively supported to engage and participate within the local community and to see themselves as a member of the neighbourhood. We have established good working relationships with LA education offices and aim to offer a home environment which supports informal education and the pursuit of interests.

Homes operate an EHP programme to promote and support individual growth, with voucher rewards when individualised targets are achieved. In order to ensure effective and stable placements, all settings use the Omega 3 stage admissions process. This addresses impact assessments, matching processes and the ability of the individual setting to provide appropriate care, support and accommodation. We want children and young people to experience stability, a secure base, and a physically and emotionally safe home environment within which they are enabled to thrive.

Each setting has an individualised SOP, LARA and Children’s Guide/welcome Pack.