Benecare

BENECARE
RESIDENTIAL
CHILD CARE

BENECARE

CARE WITHOUT COMPROMISE

Benecare has provided residential childcare from 2007 and is one of the largest providers in Kent offering 16 beds to Local Authorities for children and young people aged 8 to 18. “Care without compromise” is our commitment and the guiding principle in all that we do. We never forget that the child comes first and our reputation has been established through working with complex needs cases from all over the country. In 2007 our objective was to offer a bespoke service for local authority commissioners and 13 years later this remains the case.

Many authorities are now seeking complex needs places which require multi-layered inputs from professionals and related agencies and Benecare is well placed to meet these requirements. We have always adopted a flexible and resourceful approach in meeting demands from our colleagues for children who are often “difficult to place”.

For Benecare this means that we place great emphasis on “matching” the children and young people to any one of our homes; we endeavour always to provide the best residential opportunity for the child or young person and if we are unable to make a match then we will tell you so.

Our service provision is resilient and we embody the principle that revolves around preferring to ensure that each of the children we care for has another chance to have another “bite at the cherry” when things go wrong. This means that our placements are often long-standing and that the Homes consist of settled residential groups for often protracted periods of time – we do not have schools within our Homes or offer a school’s service. We prefer to enable our children and young people to settle down and then secure for them equitable education opportunities within the local communities.

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

At Benecare we provide a safe and protective environment for children and young people aged 8-18. We believe in true educational opportunity and have created homes which prioritise re-integration for the children in our care. Our care team are child care professionals and include qualified staff who are dedicated to ensuring the best for the children we care for. Managed by a team of highly experienced Health and Social Care professionals, with public, private and voluntary care backgrounds, the delivery of services by Benecare is bound to be exceptional.

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OUR CULTURE

Our staff are our backbone. Training is crucial. We teach staff and nurture staff. However, we always remember that working with children and young people who are challenging presents often great difficulties and stresses. This is why we look for a particular facet of character when we take our staff on which at its root is vocational – the best staff, and the staff that remain and provide consistency and quality to our homes, are always child-centred.

That is why we insist on a “speak freely” culture for our staff – we will always enable and encourage whistleblowing and ensure that all routes to this are known and well-advertised. Care Without Compromise.

OUR HOMES

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Madison House is a modern one-story home and has three registered beds. It is in a quiet cul-de-sac near Ramsgate and has a staff group of ten including the Manager and Deputy. The Ofsted rating on this home at the last key inspection was GOOD. We have traditionally used this home, and its sister home next door, Mulberry Court, to provide homes for children and young people who can be categorised as at the lower end of the Autistic spectrum.

The Manager and the staff group at this home are experienced and trained in administering to this particular client group. We find that although the home is set within a relatively populated setting our residents experience a quiet, calm environment and we are able to generate good forward progress for the children we care for there.

The Statement of Purpose for the home can be found via our Tri-X

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Mulberry Court was established a few years earlier than its sister home, Madison House, which is next door. The home is once again registered for three beds and is a specious modern one-story building. On the occasion of the last Ofsted key inspection, this home received a grading of Requires Improvement. This home also has a staff of ten and a designated registered Manager and Deputy.

As with Madison House, the client group cared for at this home are at the lower end of the autistic spectrum and the staff group, from whom the Registered Manager is drawn, have the appropriate training and skill sets for the residents there. Matching for placements is of course crucial in each of these homes and we often find that the placements are at a premium here and that vacancies are generally quickly filled even taking into account our careful matching processes.

The Statement of Purpose for the home can be found via our Tri-X

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Ocean Lodge is a four bed Registered home situated on the seafront in Herne Bay. It was opened in 2007 and is our most established and well-accredited home as a result. The last Ofsted key inspection rated this home as GOOD.

Ocean Lodge has a staff team of twelve including the Registered Manager and Deputy. The home is registered for four children and young people and is much sought after. The home provides care for a client resident group which can be categorised as “emotionally behaviourally disturbed” (EBD) and can on occasion take emergency or same-day placements.

Ocean Lodge over the years has provided a sound home environment for particularly long-standing placements and has a significant track record of Children being placed at the relatively young ages of 11 or 12 and proceeding to live there into adulthood. 

In all of our homes we will always try to ensure that the residents receive prime activities experience appropriate to their needs and requirements. Because of its location right on the seafront and because of the client group, activities functions at Ocean Lodge represent a very large part of the daily curriculum for children and staff.

The Statement of Purpose for the home can be found via our Tri-X

Roseland House is a two bed Registered home located in the rural area outside of Sittingbourne. It is a detached farmhouse property very much concealed from the lanes and highways surrounding the property. The home has a team of eight staff including the Registered Manager and Deputy. Manager and staff competencies reflect the service provision offered here at Roseland; where experience and professional resilience plus the ability to take instruction from expert external professionals in implementing care plans is of vital importance.

Over the 4 years in which this home has been operating, its primary and most effective function has been to provide a safe environment for a complex case which might for certain periods of time benefit from a more intensive staff to client ratio. It is used most often to facilitate and concentrate multi-professional resources on the child or young person subject to a forensic care treatment plan. For this reason, placements can often have staff to client ratio of two staff to one child. The detached property and rural location suit the initial needs of many such cases and long protracted placements are therefore relatively rare in this home. Like Ocean Lodge outlined above this home is much valued by local authorities and it is very rare to have a vacant bed for long.

The Statement of Purpose for the home can be found via our Tri-X