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Regulation 44 Visits
Providing totally impartial and independent inspectors from a range of social care backgrounds. They are not there to criticise or pick fault but to offer advice and support for making your provision the best place for looked after children to be. Focusing on the quality of care and the ability to meet the needs of the young people who live there.

Announced and unannounced visits will take place.

Staff, children/young people will be spoken to, a visual inspection of the environment will be carried out and a detailed report will be produced using Reg 44 visit format including;

  • Review of last visit and any actions
  • Quality of care and purpose
    Children’s views, wishes and feelings
  • Education, enjoying, achieving, health and well- being
  • Positive relationships
  • Safeguarding
  • Outcomes for young people
  • Leadership and management
  • Care planning
  • Evaluation and Recommendations
  • Return Home Interviews (missing from home or care)
    When a young person runs away or goes missing from home or care and has returned, apart from the police safe and well check a return home interview should be carried out shortly after. It is often difficult for the young person to do this with staff or police, from experience of setting up the East Sussex young runaway’s service we found that young people would speak to an adult independent of the home and not in uniform. RHI’s enable the home to identify risks, sexual exploitation and places of interest that the young people would go to, this information is sensitively passed on to the police for intelligence or further investigation.
Independent Visitor (children’s homes or custody)
This visit allows young people to express their views on any subject or issue they may have in confidence.

A one to two hour session spent in discussion with the young person either in the home or out locally if they want more privacy.

A written report of the visit and telephone feedback with the manager can be provided if requested, but only with the young person’s agreement or without if we feel there are any safeguarding issues that need to be passed to relevant authorities.

Safer recruitment of staff, shortlisting and interview panel
Following the safeguarding for England framework, Freedom Training and Consultancy can help you select the right staff for your home.

Once you have advertised for staff and have your application forms returned we will, for an inclusive price work with the registered manager on the shortlisting process, help develop interview questions bespoke to your home and sit on the interview panel with you to assess the suitability of candidates ensuring you pick the right staff for your home.

AQA Unit award packages
Bespoke packages for children and young people in care,to link in with their care and pathway plans.

AQA units are achievable qualifications for young people which are gained by practising everyday tasks and things young people are individually best at, such as:

  • Health and hygiene
  • Food and nutrition
  • Home safety
  • Independent living skills
  • Preparation for work
  • Personal safety and practical life skills.
Other services
Freedom training and consultancy can on your behalf in consultation with the registered manager, develop new policies and procedures for your home, review current policies and procedures and review and update your statement of purpose.

In addition we can help homes to develop a training matrix for their staff and support registered managers with budgeting and financial viability.

We also work with you on improving your Ofsted rating and preparing for inspection, working with the team on how to build on the existing good work to reach outstanding or to sustain it.



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