14 staff to leave Wenlock Terrace children’s home in York

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LEVELS of care at a York children’s home will not be affected by a shake-up which will see 14 staff leave, council bosses have pledged.

City of York Council has awarded a contract to run Wenlock Terrace, the city’s only children’s home for young people looked after by the authority, to an external private firm as part of moves to save £200,000.

Northern Care will take over the six-bed home from April on a five-year deal, with an option to extend it for two more years, and will pay the council £15,000 a year for its lease.

A report on the process says 14 staff at Wenlock Terrace have taken an offer of voluntary redundancy and will leave in mid-April, with the three remaining employees transferring to the new provider.

The firm’s contract will also see it secure any extra beds outside the York area for children from the city who need care. Wenlock Terrace provides accommodation for children for between six and 12 months, and after this time they usually return to their families or are placed in foster care.

Coun Janet Looker, cabinet member for education, children and young people, said: “Northern Care already runs 43 children’s homes throughout Lancashire and Yorkshire and was selected following a rigorous evaluation process, involving practitioners and managers.

“It has a proven track record in children’s residential provision, with good and outstanding judgements from Ofsted for all the children’s homes it currently runs. I am confident our officers will continue to work closely with the new provider to ensure the service to young people is maintained at a good or outstanding level, and in accordance with the best and most appropriate care for them.”

Coun Looker said Northern Care would also be recruiting staff and thanked those who will leave for their “commitment and service over many years.” She said: “It is hugely appreciated by the council and the children and families they have worked with.”

The decision to outsource the service was made after the council said it needed to cut £200,000 from its budget for children’s residential care by the end of 2013/14, and having just one provider would reduce costs.

The authority said five bids were received and Northern Care was chosen “on the basis of quality and cost”, with young people currently living at Wenlock Terrace being made aware of the changes.

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10:43am Wed 13 Feb 13

Whistlejacket says...

Seventeen staff to look after six children?
There are old women round my way who used to manage that on their own - and still have their husband's tea on the table when he got back from the pub.
Seventeen staff to look after six children? There are old women round my way who used to manage that on their own - and still have their husband's tea on the table when he got back from the pub. Whistlejacket
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1:50pm Wed 13 Feb 13

EAB says...

Seventeen staff may seem excessive but no mother has to be awake 24 hours a day/ 365 days a year. To be ready to take them anywhere at anytime, singularly or in a group but able to leave the others in qualified care. And these can be some very troubled youngsters.
Seventeen staff may seem excessive but no mother has to be awake 24 hours a day/ 365 days a year. To be ready to take them anywhere at anytime, singularly or in a group but able to leave the others in qualified care. And these can be some very troubled youngsters. EAB
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3:48pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Digeorge says...

"And these can be some very troubled youngsters."

That's why they need 17 staff to look after 6 children - 24 hour care.

Good luck to all of them, they probably need it!
"And these can be some very troubled youngsters." That's why they need 17 staff to look after 6 children - 24 hour care. Good luck to all of them, they probably need it! Digeorge
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4:52pm Wed 13 Feb 13

meme says...

What amazes me is if they can lose 14 sataff with no effect on care provision what the hell were they employed for in the first place?
What amazes me is if they can lose 14 sataff with no effect on care provision what the hell were they employed for in the first place? meme
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6:57pm Wed 13 Feb 13

expubcrawler says...

Did any of you think there could possibly be more than one bed in each of the six bedrooms?
Did any of you think there could possibly be more than one bed in each of the six bedrooms? expubcrawler
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7:05pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Whistlejacket says...

expubcrawler wrote:
Did any of you think there could possibly be more than one bed in each of the six bedrooms?
No, because we read the article properly:
"....Northern Care will take over the six-bed home from April.."
Six beds, not six bedrooms.
That means a maximum of six children in residence, sometimes fewer.
Presumably some of them occasionaly attend school and presumably they all sometimes sleep, just like children living with their parents.
So how do these 17 staff while away the hours?
[quote][p][bold]expubcrawler[/bold] wrote: Did any of you think there could possibly be more than one bed in each of the six bedrooms?[/p][/quote]No, because we read the article properly: "....Northern Care will take over the six-bed home from April.." Six beds, not six bedrooms. That means a maximum of six children in residence, sometimes fewer. Presumably some of them occasionaly attend school and presumably they all sometimes sleep, just like children living with their parents. So how do these 17 staff while away the hours? Whistlejacket
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7:13pm Wed 13 Feb 13

only human says...

lol wish my former place of work had 17 staff to look after the 42 households we had to deal with.There were days when i was the only one who turned in due to the lapsadaisy carefree sttitude of agency staff who my penny pinching bosses decided to use rather than hand out devent paid permanent jobs with continuity of care and the rest.
This is yeat another case of getting rid of stable full time decent paid employed people and replace with ad hoc agency staff the majority of whom speak broken English and come and go as they please.some service for vulnerable kids,
lol wish my former place of work had 17 staff to look after the 42 households we had to deal with.There were days when i was the only one who turned in due to the lapsadaisy carefree sttitude of agency staff who my penny pinching bosses decided to use rather than hand out devent paid permanent jobs with continuity of care and the rest. This is yeat another case of getting rid of stable full time decent paid employed people and replace with ad hoc agency staff the majority of whom speak broken English and come and go as they please.some service for vulnerable kids, only human
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7:49pm Wed 13 Feb 13

expubcrawler says...

Whistlejacket wrote:
expubcrawler wrote:
Did any of you think there could possibly be more than one bed in each of the six bedrooms?
No, because we read the article properly:
"....Northern Care will take over the six-bed home from April.."
Six beds, not six bedrooms.
That means a maximum of six children in residence, sometimes fewer.
Presumably some of them occasionaly attend school and presumably they all sometimes sleep, just like children living with their parents.
So how do these 17 staff while away the hours?
Well actually I did read it properly but misinterpreted six-beds to be an abbreviation of six bedrooms. Silly me!
[quote][p][bold]Whistlejacket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]expubcrawler[/bold] wrote: Did any of you think there could possibly be more than one bed in each of the six bedrooms?[/p][/quote]No, because we read the article properly: "....Northern Care will take over the six-bed home from April.." Six beds, not six bedrooms. That means a maximum of six children in residence, sometimes fewer. Presumably some of them occasionaly attend school and presumably they all sometimes sleep, just like children living with their parents. So how do these 17 staff while away the hours?[/p][/quote]Well actually I did read it properly but misinterpreted six-beds to be an abbreviation of six bedrooms. Silly me! expubcrawler
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