The Laurels is a beautiful modern house situated in its own quiet grounds with good access to Leicester City centre. It offers accommodation for up to five young people aged between eight and eighteen, who have been assessed as presenting, emotional, behavioural or educational difficulties. The home constitutes a safe and secure environment at what can be a very difficult time in their lives.
Our aim is to provide young people with care planning based on a therapeutic approach and tailored to their individual needs. In tandem with our associated organisation Oakwood School, we create individual education packages for each young person, which both aids the reparative process and offers them the chance to maximise their future life choices.
The Laurels supports LBGTQI referrals and the manager is a LBGTQI champion. We want every young person, regardless of sexual choice or preference to feel that our home is a safe place for them and everyone
The ethos and atmosphere of the home encourages personal growth whilst taking all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of harm to self and others. We strive to offer a caring and stimulating environment that enables young people to reach their potential, building on their strengths and celebrating their individuality and achievements.
It is essential that we give the young people in our care the opportunity to learn and grow, emotionally, educationally and socially. We want to ensure that they are able to repair and move on from the bad experiences they may have had in their life. As part of this approach we offer on-site therapy where our company therapist works with young people on an individual basis offering a service unique to each child’s particular needs.
Allied to this is the importance of providing a safe environment free from abuse in its many forms, including bullying and any behaviour that is disrespectful of an individual or groups of individuals, their family or community.
Inside the home all bedrooms are individualised to suit personal likes and dislikes. The home has excellent modern communal facilities, including large kitchen, dining and lounge areas. Externally the home has good sized gardens allowing plenty of opportunity for outdoor recreation.
Preparing young people for independence, something they may have previously struggled to achieve on their own, is our ultimate aim. However, we don’t do this alone. We develop an honest and open working partnership with each young person and in cooperation with other agencies we provide a continuity and consistency of care that benefits the young person as a whole.
Our staff team have all undertaken training across many aspects of the care of young people including safeguarding, child protection, behaviour management, first aid, ADHD and Autism and transgender issues. and they all undertake the Diploma Level 3 in Caring for children and Young People. All staff are passionate about positive support approaches to behaviours and have a genuine desire to achieve the very best outcomes for the young people who come to live with us.
HOME MANAGER: SAM RAFFERTY
Sam began working for UCS in April 2020, and has previous experience in Operations, management, working with both adults and children with various and complex needs including learning disabilities, mental health difficulties, acquired brain injuries, challenging behaviour, EBD, ASD and ADHD.
As well as Program Managing, she had responsibilities in devising and implementing, OCR level 2 Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care Programme for a mix range of learners 13 years above. Sam has Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Certificate in Education (Cert-Ed) level 5 from Northampton University, A1 Assessor award in Health and Social Care Level 3, Health and Social Care Level 3 NVQ (outstanding level) along with Train the Trainer qualifications, Senior Managers Training, Managing an H&S Investigation, Safeguarding and Safe Recruitment, Autism, Effective communication and Makaton, Moving and handling Trainer, Personal Centred planning, Empowerment Award, Mentoring Award ,Assessing Competence, Risk assessments, Medication for Managers, Fire Warden, PEG training, Diabetes Infographic and End of Life Care Level 2.