Equipping Young People With Vital Life Skills
Providing quality social care services in the community
Our service is tailored to the needs of even the most complex young people. We are very proud of our projects and the standard of support we provide. We have a very committed multi-disciplinary team that includes qualified Teachers, Social Workers and specialist support staff. All young people referred to us benefit from this array of qualified staff. We have worked to successfully transition young people from YOI, mental health wards, children’s homes and more mainstream care arrangements through supported housing and into the community at 18.
DPC currently have supported accommodation homes spread across East Anglia, Suffolk, Essex, Buckinghamshire and the Midlands. All our supported accommodation will take a maximum of 4 young people, though some can offer a 1:1 environment: This gives the support worker in each house a very small case load, enabling them to get to know their young people very well and develop the DPC methodology. They are supported by a skilled support team which includes a member who focuses on Education and another on Health & Wellbeing.
All our supported accommodation projects are staffed with sleep in support at night so that we can respond to the crises which often become apparent at night and require professional leadership.
We have stayed close to our ex residents since we opened in 2018. The relationships the young people build with staff are genuine and able to extend beyond the life of the placement. Many ex-residents have popped back ‘home’ for a cup of tea and some encouragement about their new challenges. We make sure that once a resident has moved on, someone in the team keeps contact with them to make sure they are settling ok and they are always welcome to visit the projects if they are in difficulties. For those who require an ongoing support service we can transition them to the community service.
More than just another house...
Our semi-independent homes are more than just somewhere to live!
They are designed to bridge the gap between being a child and becoming an adult, and are focused on assisting our young people to prepare for the challenges of independent living.
Providing transition and life skills support for young people leaving care.
Most young people are overwhelmed when they leave care. They are suddenly expected to know how to cook their own meals, run a home and manage their finances, and these expectations come against the backdrop of no external support.
This is one of the main reasons why living in one of our 16+ homes before leaving care can be hugely beneficial. We provide safe, comfortable homes for care leavers, homeless teenagers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, where they can learn the essential life skills they will need when they transition to independent living.
Accommodation for young people on their path to independence
The type of accommodation we offer varies depending on the young person. However, no matter which one of our supported housing services they live in, staff will always support our young people to work towards their goals and build their confidence for the future.