Approaches​

Our commitment extends to fostering education, employment, and training opportunities for our residents. Through keyworking sessions, we address specific areas needing additional attention and support young people as they develop necessary skills. These sessions play a pivotal role in building self-sufficiency until they’re confidently ready to transition to their own homes. We firmly believe that the timing of this transition should be guided by the individual’s readiness, ensuring a smooth and well-prepared move.

When the time comes for a young person to move to their own home, we initiate a gradual transition from semi-independence to a self-selected living arrangement. We understand that self-care routines are integral to this process and provide the foundation for successful independent living. This comprehensive approach ensures that each young person can confidently embrace the responsibilities and opportunities that come with stepping into their own space, while knowing that ongoing support remains available as they chart their path toward a positive and fulfilling future.

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Positive Outcomes ​

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At Empower House, our core mission is to empower young people on their journey towards independence. We recognize that engagement is essential to this process, and we employ a range of methods and tools to enhance our understanding of each individual's needs and progress. By recording, monitoring, and fostering effective communication with our residents.

Positive Outcomes

we ensure that both our team and collaborating professionals are equipped to guide young people towards positive change and tailor support plans accordingly.

Education and Training Support

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Assessing the young person's current educational status, whether they are NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) or a full-time/part-time student, to tailor our support accordingly.

Education and Training Support

Documenting and tracking the dates of the most recent and upcoming Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings, ensuring effective communication and planning.

Employment Support:

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Evaluating the young person's current employment status, understanding their needs and goals.

Employment Support:

Sourcing suitable job opportunities based on the young person's goals and experiences, enhancing their chances of finding suitable employment.

Health, Development, and Wellbeing Support:

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We make certain that each young person has a medical tracker to keep an organised record of their health. This tracking system ensures comprehensive health oversight and informed decision-making.

Health, Development, and Wellbeing Support:

We ensure awareness of all medications the young person is taking, and we establish provisions for monitoring, management, and reminders. This safeguarding approach promotes proper medication adherence and health stability.

Practical Living

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We help young people apply for an Oyster card or Zip card, facilitating easy travel for education or employment purposes. This support enhances their accessibility to education and work.

Practical Living

 Our team supports them in opening a bank account, encouraging financial independence and responsible money management. 

Transition into Adulthood:

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 Evaluating if the young person is registered on the housing register for bidding and whether they have savings for initial home items. Confirming whether the young person has all necessary practical living documents.

Transition into Adulthood:

  • Transition Worksheet: Ensuring completion of the Transition into Adulthood worksheet.
  • Residents Meetings and Move-On: Assessing whether the young person has attended residents meetings and has been nominated for move-on.

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Positive Outcomes

At Empower House, our core mission is to empower young people on their journey towards independence. We recognize that engagement is essential to this process, and we employ a range of methods and tools to enhance our understanding of each individual’s needs and progress. By recording, monitoring, and fostering effective communication with our residents, we ensure that both our team and collaborating professionals are equipped to guide young people towards positive change and tailor support plans accordingly.

Education and Training Support:

  • Personalised Education Status Review: Assessing the young person’s current educational status, whether they are NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) or a full-time/part-time student, to tailor our support accordingly.
  • PEP Meeting Records: Documenting and tracking the dates of the most recent and upcoming Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings, ensuring effective communication and planning.
  • Education Timetable and Attendance: Recording the young person’s education timetable, attendance, punctuality, and morning routine to ensure consistent engagement and progress.
  • Enhancing Education Engagement: Offering assistance to maintain education engagement, including wake-up calls, establishing positive evening routines, and ensuring effective readiness for educational activities.
  • Aspirations and Goal Exploration: Identifying individual strengths, aspirations, and goals to match suitable college courses and training opportunities, fostering personal growth and development.
  • Weekly Careers Advisor Meetings: Organising weekly meetings with careers advisors to provide ongoing guidance and explore educational and training pathways.
  • Application Assistance: Providing support throughout application processes, including enrolment and paperwork completion, simplifying the transition into further education.
  • Access to Apprenticeships and Work Experience: Offering guidance and access to apprenticeships and work experience opportunities, allowing young people to develop practical skills and gain real-world exposure.
  • Education-Focused Keywork Sessions: Allocating keywork sessions dedicated to supporting education, such as homework assistance and facilitating continuous learning.
  • Health, Development, and Wellbeing Support:
    • Medical Monitoring: We make certain that each young person has a medical tracker to keep an organised record of their health. This tracking system ensures comprehensive health oversight and informed decision-making.

    • Medication Management: We ensure awareness of all medications the young person is taking, and we establish provisions for monitoring, management, and reminders. This safeguarding approach promotes proper medication adherence and health stability.

    • LAC Health Assessment: We facilitate their participation in (LAC) health assessments to address their unique healthcare needs. LAC health assessments help identify health requirements and ensure necessary medical attention.

    • Healthcare Registration: We guide them through the process of registering with a local General Practitioner (GP) for primary healthcare services. Access to a GP ensures timely medical care and ongoing health monitoring.

    • Dental Care Access: We assist in registering with a local dentist, promoting regular dental check-ups and oral health. Dental registration enhances oral hygiene, early detection of issues, and overall dental health.

    • Optical Health: We support them in registering with a local optician to ensure regular eye health check-ups. Regular eye check-ups contribute to maintaining good vision and detecting any optical concerns.

    • Sexual Health: We help schedule a sexual health check-up and provide information on contraception options if applicable. This support empowers informed decisions about sexual health, promoting overall well being.

    • Emergency Services: ensuring awareness of nearby hospitals, NHS walk in centres, sexual health clinics and more. 

    Daily Routine, Physical Health, Personal Hygiene, and Independent Living Skills Support:

    • Structured Daily Schedule: Collaboratively creating a daily timetable encourages positivity and structure, promoting better time management, productivity, and a sense of accomplishment.

    • Sleep and Wake Routine Enhancement: Assessing and improving sleep patterns enhances physical and mental wellbeing, providing the energy needed for daily activities.

    • Personal Hygiene and Care: Evaluating and maintaining daily personal hygiene routines fosters self-esteem, confidence, and overall health, contributing to a better quality of life.

    • Living Environment and Cleanliness: Ensuring settled and tidy living spaces lead to comfort, focus, and a positive mindset, influencing a better living experience.

    • Responsibility for Shared Spaces: Encouraging cleanliness in communal areas cultivates respect for shared environments, fostering a harmonious and pleasant living atmosphere.

    • Personal Laundry Management: Guiding independent laundry management promotes practical life skills, contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency.

    By focusing on these aspects, we aim to provide comprehensive support that nurtures holistic development, helps young people gain valuable skills, and enhances their overall wellbeing and independence

    Nutrition, Food Safety, and Food Hygiene:

    • Personalised Nutrition Diary: Creating a food and nutrition diary for the young person to update on a daily or weekly basis, allowing us to track their progress over time.

    • Support with Weekly Food Shopping: Providing support to the young person in completing their weekly food shopping until they establish a consistent routine.

    • Balanced Diet Focus: Ensuring the young person’s nutrition includes a healthy balanced diet comprising fruit, vegetables, protein/fish, and carbohydrates for overall well-being.

    • Hydration and Dietary Intake: Monitoring the amount of water the young person consumes daily and assessing their adherence to the recommended intake of 5 portions of fruits and vegetables.

    • Meal Consistency: Checking if the young person is having three meals a day, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    • Independent Cooking Skills: Assessing the young person’s ability to independently cook at least 5 different recipes, promoting self-sufficiency in the kitchen.

    • Food Safety and Hygiene: Evaluating the young person’s confidence in the kitchen, their understanding of food hygiene, safety practices, operation and maintenance of kitchen equipment and their ability to handle food safely.

    • Fire Safety: offering guidance around fire safety. 

    • Transition into Adulthood:

      • Transition Worksheet: Ensuring completion of the Transition into Adulthood worksheet.
      • Residents Meetings and Move-On: Assessing whether the young person has attended residents meetings and has been nominated for move-on.
      • Housing Register and Savings: Evaluating if the young person is registered on the housing register for bidding and whether they have savings for initial home items.
      • Deposit Availability: Determining if the young person has access to a deposit for private rent.
      • Possession of Practical Living Documents: Confirming whether the young person has all necessary practical living documents.

      Personal Safety:

      • Gang Involvement Awareness: Ensuring the young person understands the dangers of gang involvement.
      • Home Health and Safety: Educating the young person about health and safety in the home.
      • Threat Response: Providing guidance on what to do if the young person feels threatened.
      • Street Safety Plan: Completion of a street safety plan.
      • Public Transport and Internet Safety: Educating the young person about public transport safety and online security.
      • Avoiding Risky Situations: Providing knowledge on avoiding risky situations.

      Legal:

      • Youth Offending Service (YOS) Involvement: Confirming if the young person is involved with YOS and maintaining regular communication with their contact details.
      • Legal Considerations: Keeping track of bail conditions, curfews, tag monitoring, court dates, solicitor contact details, and other legal requirements.

      Voicing Concerns and Complaints Advocacy:

      • Contact Details: Ensuring the young person has contact details for the Homes Manager, Senior Managers, social worker, and IRO.
      • Complaint Awareness: Ensuring the young person knows how to make a complaint and access an advocate if needed.
      • Capacity and Consent Understanding: Confirming the young person’s understanding of their legal rights, capacity to consent to medical treatment, parental responsibility, and consent in relationships.

      Environmental Responsibilities:

      • Neighbourly Living: Determining if the young person understands living harmoniously with neighbours and house residents.
      • Respecting Noise Levels: Ensuring the young person respects noise levels within the home.
      • Energy Conservation: Evaluating the young person’s ability to conserve energy.
      • Recycling Awareness: Checking if the young person knows how to recycle.

Approaches

Our commitment extends to fostering education, employment, and training opportunities for our residents. Through keyworking sessions, we address specific areas needing additional attention and support young people as they develop necessary skills. These sessions play a pivotal role in building self-sufficiency until they’re confidently ready to transition to their own homes. We firmly believe that the timing of this transition should be guided by the individual’s readiness, ensuring a smooth and well-prepared move.

When the time comes for a young person to move to their own home, we initiate a gradual transition from semi-independence to a self-selected living arrangement. We understand that self-care routines are integral to this process and provide the foundation for successful independent living. This comprehensive approach ensures that each young person can confidently embrace the responsibilities and opportunities that come with stepping into their own space, while knowing that ongoing support remains available as they chart their path toward a positive and fulfilling future.

Employment Support:

  • Current Employment Situation Assessment: Evaluating the young person’s current employment status, understanding their needs and goals.

  • Effective CV Creation: Assisting in creating a strong CV for job applications, ensuring it reflects their skills and experiences effectively.

  • Targeted Job Opportunities: Sourcing suitable job opportunities based on the young person’s goals and experiences, enhancing their chances of finding suitable employment.

  • Regular Careers Advisor Meetings: Organising weekly meetings with careers advisors to provide consistent support in exploring and pursuing employment opportunities.

  • Interview Preparation and Attire: Conducting keywork sessions dedicated to interview preparation, attire, and any other support needed for successful job applications.

  • Sustaining Employment: Offering support to maintain employment, including wake-up calls, cultivating positive evening routines, and facilitating effective readiness for work.

  • Work Timetable and Well-being Monitoring: Recording the young person’s work timetable, attendance, punctuality, morning routine, and overall well-being to ensure they are thriving in their employment.

  • Legal Rights and Minimum Wage Knowledge: Providing information on legal rights and minimum wage regulations, ensuring young people are informed and empowered in their employment journey.

Through this comprehensive support approach, we aim to empower young people to achieve educational and employment success, fostering personal growth, independence, and a positive outlook on their future.

Nurturing Youth through Diverse Activities: Hobbies, Physical Exercise, and More

  • Engagement Assessment: Understanding current interests to tailor support, fostering immediate enjoyment and long-term development

  • Preference Exploration: Identifying likes, dislikes, and openness to new experiences, cultivating adaptability and positivity.

  • Curated Local Options: Offering clear activity schedules and costs, encouraging regular participation for holistic growth.

  • Financial Advocacy: Collaborating with social workers to break financial barriers, granting access to emotional and physical benefits.

  • Routine Participation: Regular activities nurture self-esteem, endurance, and discipline, enhancing overall well-being.

Practical Living

  • Assisting with Travel: We help young people apply for an Oyster card or Zip card, facilitating easy travel for education or employment purposes. This support enhances their accessibility to education and work, fostering independence in commuting.

  • Obtaining Identification: We guide them through the process of acquiring essential identification documents like a passport or provisional licence. This assistance opens up opportunities for travel, official transactions, and personal identification.

  • Financial Empowerment: Our team supports them in opening a bank account, encouraging financial independence and responsible money management. This guidance empowers them to handle finances effectively, build financial literacy, and manage funds wisely.

  • Legal Eligibility: We assist in obtaining a national insurance number, an important step for legal employment and benefits entitlement. This process increases access to job opportunities, entitlements, and essential social services.

  • Driving Ambitions: We provide aid with theory preparation, practical tests, driving licence applications, and access to driving lessons. This comprehensive support enhances their employability, broadens mobility options, and opens doors to potential career paths.

Emotional Well-being:

  • Emotion Management and Awareness: Gauging the young person’s ability to manage their emotions, understand them, and influence the emotions of those around them.
  • Emotional Regulation: Assessing whether the young person can regulate their emotions in different scenarios and express them in a healthy manner.
  • Effective Communication: Evaluating the young person’s communication skills and their ability to express emotions effectively.
  • Anger Management Assessment: Identifying any concerns related to anger management and understanding how the young person copes with anger.

Mental Well-being:

  • Mood and Stress Levels: Observing the young person’s mood, tone, body language, and levels of stress or anxiety.
  • Mental Health Services Consideration: Considering whether the young person might benefit from services like CAMHS, KOOTH, or other virtual counselling offerings.
  • Mood Disorders and Emotional States: Identifying if the young person displays mood disorders such as depression, bi-polar, low moods, isolation, or anxiety.
  • Trauma and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Assessing whether the young person exhibits signs of trauma, PTSD, or neurodevelopmental disorders.

  • Comprehensive Support for Unaccompanied Minors:

    • Assisted Food Shop: Providing an assisted food shop upon arrival to ensure immediate nutritional needs are met.

    • Mobile Phone and SIM Card: Purchasing a mobile phone and SIM card with a credit of £10.00 to facilitate communication and connectivity.

    • Initial Clothing Allowance: Requesting an initial clothing allowance of £100 – £150 to ensure the young person has suitable clothing.

    • Home Office Screening and ARC Card: Requesting the social worker to schedule an initial home office screening. Upon approval, the young person will receive their ARC card from the Home Office, which serves as their form of ID.

    • Emergency Address Letter: Providing a letter with the home address, status, social worker details, and placement number for emergency purposes until the ARC card arrives.

    • Legal Representation: Ensuring the young person has access to legal representation throughout their immigration and asylum proceedings.Registering the young person with a solicitor to support their immigration/asylum case promptly.

    • Home Office Questionnaire and Interview: Assisting the solicitor in completing the preliminary questionnaire provided by the Home Office. Ensuring the young person’s interview is scheduled before their 18th birthday to strengthen their case.

    • Immunizations Registration: Registering with a local GP and booking immunizations with the nurse to ensure the young person’s health needs are addressed.

    • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Course: Registering with a local college for an ESOL course to facilitate English language learning.

    • Counselling Referral: Referring the young person for counselling, as many Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) suffer from PTSD and require emotional support.

    • Currency Familiarisation: Introducing the young person to English currency, showing them the value of £1 to £50 to aid financial literacy.

    • Local Area Familiarisation: Scheduling outreach to familiarise the young person with the local area, amenities, and resources.

    • Bank Account Setup: Assisting in setting up a bank account, which requires the ARC card, proof of address, and tenancy agreement for financial independence.

    • Age Assessment Process: Ensuring the young person undergoes an accurate age assessment process to determine their eligibility for child-specific services and protection.

    • Education and Welfare Support: Registering the young person with the appropriate educational institutions and accessing welfare support for their unique needs.

    • Home Office Reporting and Updates: Maintaining regular communication with the Home Office, providing required updates, and adhering to reporting obligations.

    • Placement Stability: Ensuring placement stability and consistent support as the young person navigates their immigration and asylum journey.

    • Cultural and Religious Considerations: Addressing cultural and religious needs, including access to places of worship, dietary preferences, and appropriate support services.

    • Integration Assistance: Supporting the young person in integrating into the local community, understanding customs, norms, and rights.

    • Advocacy and Voice: Empowering the young person to voice concerns, access advocacy services, and participate in decisions that affect their wellbeing.

    • Regular Review and Feedback: Conducting regular reviews to assess the young person’s progress, needs, and overall experience within the system. Gathering feedback to improve services.