YMCA Children’s Residential Care
Nottinghamshire YMCA’s care services provide children who are not able to live with their own families with a chance to grow and thrive in a safe home environment.
As an ‘Outstanding’ Registered care provider, Nottinghamshire YMCA opened its first Settled Care home in 2011, becoming one of the few charities to home and look after children in the community.
The team recognises there is a real need for safe and nurturing homes for vulnerable children. Our compassionate and trained staff are always compelled to step in where possible to help improve the lives of at-risk children.
What we do
Nottinghamshire YMCA provides a range of residential services to look after children who may have suffered severe neglect, emotional or physical harm. We operate small and medium sized residential homes across Nottingham, Sherwood and North Yorkshire, therapeutic services and plans to introduce supported accommodation.
By promoting a ‘family unit’ model in the community, the children’s residential care programme delivers 24-hour care and nourishment to young people aged 8-17 to ensure at-risk children are awarded the same opportunity of a loving, home environment as their peers to give them the best chance of a brighter future.
Our safe residential home environments are available for children who originate from anywhere in the UK. At Nottinghamshire YMCA, we know that there is not one type of child in care. Every child is unique and has a different story to tell with an individual set of basic human needs that must be met for them to develop and feel nurtured as a young person.
The charity’s comprehensive placement and matching criteria ensure we only accept children where we believe we can truly support their individual needs and can make a substantial difference in their lives. This explicitly takes into account the child’s history, behaviour and community background. Please note that in rare instances there are times when we cannot meet a young person’s needs through their referral.
Meet our Settled Care team
We operate a number of highly specialised services, one of which (Porchview) were are proud to confirm has been rated ‘Outstanding’ for the third year in a row.
Our first three-bed Registered Children’s home has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in all areas for the third year in a row.
Designed to develop key life skills for young people with individual care plans to empower children to thrive emotionally, academically and socially.
Designed to re-integrate young people into small group homes whilst focusing on the individual needs of the young person, this is a two-bed Registered Children’s home.
This two-bed Registered Children’s home is designed to re-integrate young people into small group homes whilst focusing on the individual needs of the young person.
This three-bed Registered Children’s home is our first therapeutic service. Therapeutic care plans for young people in our care, 1-1 clinical support for both young people and staff teams. Clinical assessments are available.
Our first new four-bed service, which has been successfully registered and became operational in June 2020, also includes a semi independent accommodation.
We are excited to confirm that we will be adding to our portfolio of children’s residential services as our first four-bed home in Yorkshire is coming soon!
Who do we support?
The ‘Settled Care’ provision creates safe residential home environments for children aged between 8-17 who originate from anywhere in the UK.
At Nottinghamshire YMCA, we know that there is not one type of child in care. Every child is unique, has a different story to tell with an individual set of basic human needs that must be met for them to develop and feel nurtured as a young person.
Our comprehensive placement and matching criteria ensure we only accept children where we believe we can truly support their individual needs and can make a substantial difference in their lives. This explicitly takes into account the child’s history, behaviour and community background.
Services we offer
With the population of children in care increasing to the point where more than 1,400 children in Nottinghamshire find themselves in care, the need to address this growing problem has never been so important.
Our response to the concerns of people in our community was to design a new type of programme based around the family. Our small scale ‘family unit’ model has at its very heart the same aspirations for children in care that the majority of parents have for their own sons and daughters.
Furthermore, we realised the traditional larger ‘children’s homes’ model presents challenges that can prevent children from growing and developing into productive and positive members of their community. YMCA has considerable expertise in providing day camps, sports, family programmes, childcare and youth programmes in addition to youth health and fitness.
Please note that in rare instances there are times when we cannot meet a young person’s needs through their referral.
Craig Berens, Joint CEO at Nottinghamshire YMCA
“Our belief is that all children deserve to be nurtured and supported to become rounded individuals – not just by their carers but also by the greater community.”
Wider opportunities with YMCA
We believe that it is important for young people to have access to a range of different life opportunities along their journey of personal development towards adulthood.
Nottinghamshire YMCA offers a variety of services in locations across the region, ranging from YMCA Digital for young people and our Camp Williams programme to YMCA Outdoor and Adventure activities and a 24-hour gym (ages 16+) in Nottingham city centre.
I am a child in need of urgent support?
If you are a child and feel you are in danger or at risk of any form of harm, call Childline now on 0800 1111
Who can refer a child for residential care support?
We welcome referral applications from local authorities and social workers.
How long can a child be housed under the provision?
We have a fantastic track-record of stable, long-term placements. A child can stay with us until the age of 17, at which time more appropriate living arrangements will need to be made.
Do you only accept local children?
Not at all – we welcome referrals from anywhere in the UK and consider a child’s need on an individual basis.
How many children to a property?
This varies with each home but at present our homes cater for 2-4 young people at any one time.
How does the rotation of carers work with YMCA staff?
Each home has their own staff team of four full-time workers and one part-time worker in addition to casual staff. Children will therefore always have a consistent team who provide 24-hour care and with whom we hope our young people can build positive relationships.
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