Oakfield House

Duncan Robey

Duncan Robey – Deputy Manager

I have always had a passion for helping young people and have spent the last 10 years working in residential homes.

I have been working for Headstart for nearly 3 years now. I  started as a Senior and was recently promoted to Deputy Manager. I currently hold an NVQ 3 in working with young people and I am now working on my NVQ 5.

I really enjoy working here, we have very happy young people and a happy staff team, each day is different but there is always laughter. The team work hard and give the best of themselves to the young people, this is not a job, it’s a way of life.

Rachel Hill

Rachel Hill – Deputy Manager

I have been working for headstart for the past 2 years. prior to working for headstart, I trained as a nanny (nneb). I worked in this field for over 8 years, mainly overseas. Once back in England I began working in children’s homes and a residential school looking after vulnerable and challenging teens. I gained my NVQ 3 in social care and began my journey in this field.
I feel very fortunate to now be working within a therapeutic unit, caring for young people with additional needs. This has proven to be an exciting opportunity to work closely with our in-house therapist, creating behaviour support plans to tailor to each individual needs. I feel privileged to be working in a job I find so rewarding.

The Home

Headstart Residential Care’s primary aim is to provide a safe and nurturing environment. The home aims to provide opportunities for maximum growth in all areas of a Young person’s life. The Home endeavours to proactively support the young people in moving forward with their lives whilst understanding, and working with the difficulties they have experienced in their earlier years, such as disruption, abuse or discrimination.

The Home will ensure that each young person’s Individual Care Plan is followed by young people having a say on all aspects of their care being encouraged to express their wishes, views and beliefs.

Young People who are placed at Headstart Residential Care will have access to school, be that mainstream or specialist provision. We have close links to Headstart School in Ninfield. A specialist school offering an excellent range of extracurricular activities and courses. This allows us unlimited access to horses, their farm, obstacle course, and acres of outside space 365 days a year. They will also have access to therapeutic input from outside the home if required. If further assistance is required it will always be our intention to find the most appropriate person to work with them.

Young people placed at Headstart School are sometimes long-term non-attenders and/or have complex needs. It is our aim to engage all young people back into full-time education where possible.

This can include initial placements at our special education provision, Headstart School, with a longer-term aim of re-integration into mainstream schools or full-time provision with ourselves or another specialist provider. Exceptionally, home tutoring can be arranged if alternatives cannot be accessed, but only on a short-term basis whilst a more appropriate provision is sought.