Ivy Cottage

About Ivy Cottage | Residential Childrens Care Home

Ivy Cottage is set on an acre of land and is registered for 8 children aged 5-12 upon admission. The cottage was recently completely refurbished with thoughtfully decorated rooms that are warm and homely, without being overly stimulating. Ivy Cottage’s large garden area offers the children plenty of freedom to play in a safe and enriching environment. With railways and motorways easily accessible, travel is easy from any part of the country. There are fantastic links to the community with the opportunity to take part in football, rugby, trampolining and hockey.

Ivy Cottage is a therapeutic home specifically designed, furnished, and managed to optimally deliver the Restorative Parenting® Recovery Programme and ensure children placed in the home achieve outstanding outcomes and recovery from childhood trauma. At Ivy Cottage, we address the child’s emotional, behavioural, social and developmental needs: over 80% of our children transition to foster homes/kinship placements after successfully completing the 24-month Programme.

Ivy Cottage is an integrated children’s home with a wide range of therapeutic interventions and an onsite school to achieve the best outcome for the child. On-site education is provided at our OFSTED-rated “Good” Willow House School.

Our Mission | Restorative Parenting Programme

Our mission is to enhance children’s psychological health within the care system. Our Restorative Parenting® Recovery Programme is a therapeutic re-parenting programme that focuses on addressing the child’s emotional, behavioural, social, and developmental needs.

The Restorative Parenting® Recovery Index (RPRI) is both a marker of a child’s progress and a guide through the therapeutic journey.

Ofsted Report | Restorative Education

Children make progress because of the positive relationships they have with staff. Children are happy and relaxed in their home. The staff team provides children with clear structures and boundaries to help them develop healthy daily routines. They are nurturing in their approach, have a good understanding of children’s needs and regularly use praise. One parent reported that their child had excelled since living at the home.

 Social workers say that when children move into the home, structured plans help to reduce children’s anxieties and reassure them about their move. Staff take the time to get to know children before they move into the home. When possible, children lead the pace of their move into the home. Social workers and parents are regularly kept up to date about children’s progress and any concerns are communicated promptly.

All children access full-time education and have good attendance. The staff team advocates on children’s behalf to ensure that education is tailored to individual children’s needs and that they have a say in where they would like to be educated. Family time is promoted for all children when it is safe and appropriate, to help them sustain and rebuild relationships with their families.

Meet The Manager

Ben Williams

Lead Therapeutic Parent

Ben joined the Halliwell team in April this year. Ben brings 12 years residential experience supporting children and young people in a variety of different settings from crisis assements homes to specailist mental health homes. Ben is passionate about supporting and promoting the voice of the child.

Ben has gained a variety of vocational qualifications, this icludes 2 level 5 qualifications in management and a BA in Therapeutic childcare, Dyadic Development Practice level 2, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy level 1.

Make a Referral

If you would like to discuss a placement, please contact our Referrals team for more information: 0161 437 9491 / 07538401593

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