Building Bridges, is a small-sized operational children’s homes provider which has been established since 2004. We have three homes which are based in St Helens located in the Merseyside area . Our leadership team is committed to making a real difference to the children and young people (C&YP) we care for. We have been involved in delivering quality residential care for many years delivering positive outcomes and for young people dealing with multiple and complex issues. Over that time we have developed a simple service model to ensure we balance our efforts and retain our focus. Our research-driven model, represented diagrammatically below, articulates Building Bridges’ overarching statements of intent and principles (triangular boxes): clear values, principles and commitment to child-focused, quality and sound organisational governance as well as congruity across each service. Rectangles outline the key themes of effective service delivery and care in the day-to-day lives of C&YP: young people and relationships, family and culture, staffing and organisation. The model identifies key areas that ensure quality of care and satisfying futures for C&YP in and beyond residential care.
Ofsted Inspections 2018/2019
Overall rating – Wordsworth House – Outstanding (Inspection Report from 14.12.18 not published)
Wordsworth House Ofsted Report
Overall rating – Austen House – Good
Overall Rating – Maya Angelou House – Good
Building Bridges has an established management team with considerable experience in both the public and private sector. Peter Barron the organisations Responsible Individual is a qualified social worker to Masters Level and experienced Assistant Director in both NHS joint commissioning and local authority care provision and has worked in Liverpool, Halton, St Helens and Warrington. He also has considerable experience at a senior level within the residential child sector and was Principal for Nugent School.
Donna Tagoe the organisations Operational/Registered Manager has extensive experience from both the public and private sector including Liverpool Social Services and Knowsley Social Services. Her qualifications include the BA Hons, Diploma in Social Work, Post Qualifying Award, Child Care Award. Donna is now undertaking the level 5 in leadership and management.
Claire Morland is the organisations Clinical Psychologist who provides input to the organisation. Her role is to :
A) Improve outcomes for the resident young people supported by building bridges
B) Increase Placement Suitability
C) Ensure the complex needs of young people are better met through enhancing staff’s understanding of the behavioural impact of trauma and attachment on young people and identifying strategies for the staff team to effectively and therapeutically respond to the presenting behaviours and needs of the young people
We have an onsite education co-coordinator to help improve opportunities for the young people we provide care for and to liaise with their education provider. She will also assist and guide the staff on aiding the young people to complete homework and work in relation to the ASDAN programs.