Oak House is a large detached home, set within extensive gardens and is located in East Sussex. All bedrooms are double sized and there is a large kitchen and dining room. There are lounge rooms where young people can spend time together and with staff to watch television, play games or generally relax.
Oak House accommodates four young people and has four large young people’s bedrooms which are decorated and furnished to a high standard. Each bedroom is personalised to meet each child’s individual needs. There are facilities for three staff members to sleep in to support the children. The home has a fully fitted kitchen, dining room and lounge on the ground floor that the children are able to access at all times. There is also a laundry room. These rooms are furnished to meet the needs and style of the children. The home has a bathroom for the children on the first floor, and a separate staff bathroom on the ground floor. Door alarm systems are fitted in the home; however, it is risk assessed per child in co-ordination with the social worker.
Children have positive relationships with staff. The staff are nurturing in their approach and genuinely warm and appropriately affectionate in their interactions with the children. All of the children were observed to be happy and relaxed. As a result, the home environment is very calm with a family-style feel.