How we provide our service
Where possible all placements should be planned over a period. This will vary depending on the needs of the young person. It can vary from 1-8 weeks, however, a good, planned admission would usually be planned over a 4-week period. Planned placements are expected to be medium to long-term.
Emergency / Same Day Admissions
The home can possibly admit same day admissions. In respect of an emergency/same day placement all the pre-admission requirements must be fulfilled, however it will be acknowledged that they may not be as comprehensive in content and detail, but all statutory requirements will be met. It may be the case that emergency/same day admissions are only short term.
An ' Emergency Placement 'is defined as:
The need to identify a residential provision for a child or young person with accelerated pre- admission care planning.
Type of Referrals
Referrals will generally be accepted from Local Authority Social Services Departments, Health Authorities, Education Authorities, or other statutory agencies. The home gives preference to South Wales children. Although it is understood that referrals are frequently made in times of crisis, good practice mandates that everything possible be done to encourage visits and to plan of time to enable smooth transitions between placements.
Personal Plans and LAC Reviews
Staff at Ty Caredig will make sure that all the young people in their care have a great admissions and transition experience. To this purpose, placements are only agreed upon for young people who have needs that fall within the range for which the home is designed. Effective introduction, placement planning, and protection of the young person’s all contribute to comprehensive care planning. This procedure revolves upon the children's wishes, feelings, and opinions.
Within four weeks of the young person's admittance to Ty Caredig, a Statutory Review must be conducted. The second review will take place in three months, and there will be six monthly reviews after that. Statutory Reviews shall be chaired by an Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) from the placing authority. Ty Caredig will provide detailed findings for these Reviews, which will include our recommendations for the future. Each young person will be encouraged and supported to express his or her own thoughts, ideas, and perspectives. The Key worker will make every effort to encourage and support self-advocacy or advocating on behalf of the young person.
Wherever possible, the young person, their parents, or other family members will be invited to the meeting. The key worker, the manager and/or deputy manager, the social worker, a senior representative from the placing authority, a representative from Education (if applicable), and any other significant party will all be present at the meeting.
The purpose of the meeting is to construct a care plan and to set clear objectives, expectations, and responsibilities for the Ty Caredig placement, as well as to ensure that all parties understand their roles in the plan and agree on the goals and how they will be achieved. At subsequent sessions, the care plan will be reviewed, progress will be discussed, and modifications will be suggested as needed.
Ty Caredig will develop a Personal Plan that mirrors that of the local authority care plan. It will be under continual review by the management and staff at Ty Caredig. All children are encouraged to actively engage in, agree to and sign all relevant care documents related to their care planning
A senior staff member and the home's manager will always be present in LAC reviews, and the young person will be encouraged and supported to express their ideas and preferences. We recognise that some young people may be hesitant to attend planning reviews, so key working staff will be creative in how the child's thoughts are documented and communicated.
The Directors and the Homes Manager will meet frequently to discuss any existing or upcoming vacancies so that they have a clear set of parameters to help identify a suitably matched young person for the vacancy. The Directors contemplate the matching criteria as soon as a vacancy becomes available, where able this should be before a vacancy becomes available to allow for prior planning and preparation.
The matching criteria will stipulate the most suitably matched characteristics of a young person based on the following:
Risk taking behaviours and complex needs.
Location of the home.
Skill sets of the staff team.
Compatibility with other children currently living at the home.
Although these criteria are in place it is not absolute, and it can vary. However, it does help provide clear advice to obtain a suitable match.