Manager: Lisa Sykes
Barwick House is a registered two to two ratio residential home, with a third emergency placement bed available, which accommodates young people of both genders. The house is situated within easy reach of local amenities, Barnsley town centre and the M1 motorway.
The ethos of the home is underpinned by the organisations model of care. The staff team are committed to the young people who live at Barwick House to ensure that they achieve their full potential. Holistic individualised child focussed packages of care are evolved for the young people in conjunction with Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (NSCAP) and all professionals who are involved with the young people. Barwick provides a nurturing environment which supports the young people to achieve a sense of permanency.
Barwick House can accommodate young people of any age; however normally they are between 12 and 18 years old. The admission process is robust and includes the completion of a shared living risk assessment which allows the young people’s needs to be carefully matched with co-residents, including age, specific needs and stage of emotional development to ensure that the placement is in the best interests of all young people.
At Barwick House we prefer planned placements as this gives new young people the opportunity to visit the home and meet the staff team and if there are other young people in placement prior to them moving in. However, we recognise that there may be occasions where emergency placements may be required, and we are sometimes in a position to offer this. This decision would only be made after consideration of the suitability of the young person being referred. It would be expected that a review would take place within 7 working days of the young person’s admission in the case of a planned move to ascertain whether it is in the young per- son’s best interests to remain at the home or to move onto a different placement. In the case of an emergency admission the review should take place never more than 72 hours after admission.
Barwick House is a four bedroom detached upside down house, with a front patio area ideal for summer BBQ’s and a rear drive way. The ground floor consists of a staff office, staff sleep room, kitchen, toilet and a large lounge/dining room. The lower floor comprises of two bedrooms for young people, a staff sleep room, laundry room and bathroom, with shower and bath facilities. All shared areas of the home are accessible to young people. In the interest of confidentiality young people do not have access to the staff office.
Barwick House strives to create and maintain a homely environment for the young people to feel safe and secure. The daily routine of the home is centred around the needs of the young people. This is achieved by encouraging the young people to personalise their surroundings by actively involving them in choosing décor and furnishings for the home and personalising their own bedroom. The young people receive an allowance when they first move into the home so that they can purchase items of their choice to personalise their bedrooms.
The staff team at Barwick House are dedicated in providing a non-judgemental anti oppressive approach to working with the young people. The staff team at Barwick House are committed to eliminating unfair discrimination in line with the organisations equal opportunities policy.
Lisa has worked for Dove Adolescent Services since January 2014. Lisa started as an RCCW before becoming Senior RCCW in 2018 and then manager of Barwick House in February 2019.