ACORN CHILDREN CARE HOME GROUP (Branston House Burton-on-Trent)

Branston House provides a safe and secure therapeutic living experience for up to 4 children of either gender aged from 11 to 17 years old on admission. Children placed with us learn constructive and adaptive methods of dealing with negative experiences and emotions whilst gaining the understanding behind the behaviours they may present.

Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (management of..)

Young people may arrive at Branston House in a state of conflict or trauma and have exhausted other channels of care. Through the principles of self-actualisation it is perceived that many antisocial emotions result from frustrations resulting from more basic impulses of love (or its absence), security and a sense of belonging.

Our approach is highly child-centred and our individual care programmes provide stability, nurture and consistent behavioural boundaries. In this way each young person is enabled to desire to “accomplish everything that one can and become the most that one can be”(Maslow)

Admissions and Placements (Length of stay)

A young person’s length of stay at the home will be determined in conjunction with the needs of the child and requests of the placing authority. Stability and structure underpin the homes purpose with a focus on education and independent living skills prior to a future foster placement or return to family surroundings.

Staff Recruitment

Before commencing employment all staff must successfully pass an enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) linked to an all-inclusive induction programme. Following on from staff induction a learning and development programme links them with the requirements of their specific roles. All staff receive training in the use of de-escalation and restraint techniques. This empowers them with the confidence to manage all in-house situations and occurances.

Investing in our Young People

Children’s Homes Regulations and Quality Standards 2015 states;

The children’s wishes and feelings standard is that staff engage with children; and take children’s wishes and feelings into account about matters affecting children’s care and welfare.

In acknowledging the above regulation Branston House provides multiple opportunities of consultation and communications with its young persons. A young person’s forum is held weekly to discuss matters concerning the home and each young person.

 Assigned key workers provide each child with progressive achievable work objectives. This work enhances the young person’s stay at the home whilst promoting independence before moving on. Branston House assists is children to achieve their personal best by providing enablement and guidance through role modelling.

Each child is actively encouraged to make their own decisions and problem solve any potential difficulties within a safe and nurturing environment.

Contact information

Acorn Children Home
43 Burton Road  Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 3DL

+44 1283 511222