Children’s Care Services

Birtenshaw Children’s Care Services are provided for children with a physical disability, complex health needs and a learning disability including Autism Spectrum Conditions.

Care services are provided through a number of locally based children’s homes, our Short Break Centre and shared care facilities. Our care staff encourage, support and motivate children in safe, homely and structured environments, assisting each individual as they develop and become more independent.

The focus of our Children’s Care Services is on the children’s ability and not on their disability. We are committed to ensuring every young person continues to achieve their potential whatever their condition may be.

We do this through a holistic approach to our care services with individually tailored care plans for each child based on their strengths, needs and aspirations. They have access to specialist support and facilities and a programme of positive activities provided by dedicated, experienced and fully trained members of staff.

And with a clear focus on the Birtenshaw vision of Brightening Lives, Building Futures.

Positive Activities

Positive activities may include arts and crafts, music and drama, pony riding, cycling, canal boat trips and holidays and can be one-off or on a regular basis. They also include leisure activities such as access to Birtenshaw’s hydrotherapy and sensory facilities.

The guiding principles of Positive Activities are that:

  • They should be realistic and achievable
  • They should match a child’s individual ability, personality and interests
  • They should be a full sensory experience

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Keeping every child safe is our first priority. All of our staff have an enhanced DBS (previously CRB) clearance and participate in extensive safe-guarding training.

David Reid (Chief Executive)

Julie Barnes (Deputy Chief Executive – Operations)

Julie Burnett (Assistant Director – Care)