North Tyneside has two residential units for children and young people with Emotional and Behavioural difficulties. The typical route once a young person moves on from residential care, between the ages of 16-18, would be to move into in-house supported accommodation, which is located in a different part of the borough, or to semi-independent accommodation provided by the private / voluntary sector. In both cases, the young person is left in a new and unfamiliar environment without the tailored and tested support that they value and are comfortable with. This project aims to ensure that young people leaving residential care continue to receive high quality seamless support during the transition to independent living within the community that they are familiar with.
Our project will establish a multi-occupancy six bed Staying Close supported accommodation provision in a detached building directly opposite one of our current residential units. The staff and management from our children’s home will work across both homes and support will be available 24 hours a day. This will ensure that young people who are ready for their first step into supported living can do so in a safe and familiar environment with staff that they know and trust. Once the young person is ready to take the next step towards independent living, staff will support them to secure accommodation in the local area if desired and regular contact and peer support will be maintained until at least the age of 21.
This Staying Close provision will serve as an essential ‘next step’ towards independent living. Our service delivery model aims to ensure that young people are encouraged to develop their independent living skills through supervisions and will be better prepared for leaving Staying Close, once they are ready to do so.
Manchester Metropolitan University