General Services

Acorn Care provides a selection of high quality residential services that respond appropriately to the circumstances of each young person referred. We are dedicated to improving the lives of young people who are unable to live at home with their birth families and require residential living.

Overall, we aim to provide young people with opportunities and experiences that will enable them to achieve their full potential, allowing them to have a positive start in life. We aim to provide the highest quality of care, to enable young people to overcome their difficulties and focus on the present and future, thereby providing a secure base, from which they can grow and develop, through adolescence into adult-hood as confident young people, able to function in, and contribute to, society.

Acorn Care provides care and accommodation for young people up to the age of 17 years, many of whom may experience emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties.

We aim to work in partnership with young people, their families and other professionals to create positive outcomes for each individual. Our main focus is in line with the outcomes which matter most to children and young people.

Our teams work within the ethos of establishing the ambitions, dreams and aspirations of each individual young person and engage with the wider system to ensure that the needs of the young person are met. To allow us to do this we follow The Quality Standards which are:

The staff team at the home will work alongside the young person and their individual care plan to cater for their activity preference, whilst also providing them with opportunities to experience other physical, recreational and cultural experiences.

Staff will provide information on Sex and Relationships Education as part of their commitment to promoting the best health outcomes for young people. Parents who do not want their child to participate in Sex and Relationships Education at the home will have their wishes respected.

A choice of food will be provided and young people are encouraged to express their own preferences. Wherever possible, and if it is in the health interests of the young person, both homes will strive to consult young people on the planning of menus and shopping lists to provide a varied and healthy diet with a range of choices to cater for dietary needs and preferences.

In addition to those already mentioned activities may also include the following:

  • Swimming
  • Climbing Wall
  • Fell Walking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Fishing
  • Gymnasium
  • Golf (Driving range)
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Squash
  • Gardening
  • Army Cadets
  • Water Polo
  • Golf
  • Football (Team)
  • Camping
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Textiles
  • Cooking

Personal Development Program

At Baydale House, we also want to prepare our young people for moving on, especially those that will be going into supported living/lodgings or on into independence. With this in mind, we work closely with an independent training company who provide us with verification for our promoting and achieving independence program through NOCN Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal development.

The qualifications contain units to address Personal Development, such as Emotional Intelligence and wellbeing, Road Safety Awareness, Computer Basics, Budgeting and Finance, developing a CV, and searching and applying for further education, employment or training. In addition to this, all young people also complete the eLearning package through our in-house Flick learning program and will gain Level 1 certificates in Health & Safety, fire awareness, e-safety, equality and diversity, radicalisation and food hygiene.

By supporting our young people to achieve this whilst in placement enables us to tailor this to meet the young person’s ability and level of capability.

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