Based in Kirkcaldy, Number 76 provides care placements for young males and females aged 12 to 18 years, and supports them to attend mainstream education, college or in some circumstances our own residential school in Burntisland. The focus of each placement is to encourage young people to strengthen their existing skills and learn new ones that will support them to meet new challenges and reach their potential.
Promoting independence is a key theme and one that encompasses all the targeted interventions and support. This service is well-regarded amongst local authority social workers, families, and young people using the service. The staff group have experience of working with young people who present with a range of needs including sexually harmful behaviour, self harm, difficulties sustaining mainstream education and emotional issues related to difficult family relationships. Every effort is made to work in partnership with parents and facilitate positive change for the young person and their families.
"We saw that children experienced positive and enduring relationships with staff who worked well together to build secure relationships with the children and young people they were looking after. The stability of the staff team ensured continuity of relationships even where young people had moved on.
Positive language and physical comfort helped young people to trust the people looking after them. Staff advocated for young people and celebrated their achievements.
Appropriate training and reflective practice supported staff to understand the child/young person as a unique individual shaped by their experience. This allowed them to develop appropriate empathy and understanding of young people's behaviour. We saw a strong culture of respect throughout the service. Staff spoke with young people in a calm and respectful manner and ensured their information was stored and used confidentially. Discussions about being kind and considerate were a key part of life in the service.
The service encouraged children and young people to evaluate their experience against the five key principles of the Health and Social Care Standards. They listened to their views, were interested in what young people thought and took action where this was appropriate.
Young people told us they felt safe within the service and we were satisfied that staff were appropriately knowledgeable about their roles and responsibilities in relation to protection. Additional safeguards were in place in relation to advocacy arrangements for young people with placing social workers visiting regularly and independent advocates also involved. A therapeutic approach to caring, based on secure attachments and child development was evident in the everyday operation of the service. Staff understood how traumatic early life experiences could impact on children and young people and took steps to try and address some areas which may have been compromised by for example setting stable routines and bedtime reading."
Care Inspectorate – August 2019
From our most recent inspection by the Care Inspectorate we received the following evaluations:
How well do we support children and young people's wellbeing? 5 – Very Good
How good is our leadership? 5 – Very Good