Don Bosco Services 35 years caring and supporting vulnerable young people in Dublin Outline of Presentation Brief Introduction of myself The History of the Service Individual services we provide The Irish Context Role of Educator Management of the Services Legal Requirements Operational Costs My Present Role My Journey Director of Don Bosco House 1982 to 2010 Membership of Resident Managers Member of the National Registration Board for Social Workers in Ireland Rector of Salesian Community Sean Mc Dermott St Member of Board of Management Crinin Project Member of Board of Directors Don Bosco House Member of Provinical Council of Salesains of Ireland The History of the Services 1978 1985 1986 1989 1991 1997 2006 2007 2007 Gardiner Street Opened House Nephin Road moved to Drumcondra Road Opened House in Clontarf Opened House in Blessington St. Opened House in Phibsboro Road Opened Don Bosco HR Opened House in Fairview Road Opened House in Ballymun Road Services 7 Centres 6 Residential, Head Office & Activity Centre Outreach Aftercare Service supporting 50 teens (boys& girls) moving from care to independence. Clontarf 1. Clontarf: Head Office & Activity Centre Director & Part-time Admin Staff. Activity centre for Residents and Ex Residents 2/3 days weekly. Activities : Football Coaching, Pool, Boxing, Cooking, Outings, Mentoring Drumcondra Residential Childcare Centre Staffing: 1 Manager and 9 Social Care Workers 5 placements for young people aged 10yrs to 18yrs Blessington Street Residential Child Care Centre and Aftercare Centre Staffing: 1 Manager and 8 Social Care Workers 6 placements for young people aged 17yrs to 19yrs. Young people are deemed a child up to 18 yrs in Ireland so this service bridges the progression from Residential Care to Aftercare. The Aftercare Outreach service is based and managed from this house. Phibsboro Semi Independent Aftercare Service for 18yr to 22 yr old. Staffing: 1 Manager 4 Social Care Workers 6 Placements for young people who are moving directly from Foster Care or Residential Care to Aftercare Ballymun Residential Aftercare Service Staffing: 1 Manager 4 Social Care Workers 6 placements for young people moving from Residential Care or Foster Care aged 18yr to 20 yrs Nephin Road a This service has four independent apartments Providing the young people to live independently and have support from The staff team of Phibsboro or Ballymun. There are no staff on site apart from regular Visits to check in with the young people. Fairview Strand This service has five independent apartments Providing the young people with opportunity to live independently and supported by the staff teams of Phibsboro or Ballymun. There are no staff on site apart from regular visits to check in with the young people. The Context of care: Four Main Developments Young people now live in smaller group homes, this intensified the role of Social Care Workers Older young people with more intolerable problems Massive increase in expectations of Social Care Workers Higher awareness of abuse resulting in an increase in anxiety amongst staff Don Bosco: Education is Key Educator’s Role : Care Accompany Work with other adults to provide the environment that enables the young to experience what it takes to make their own journey Role of the Educator Assist the young person be present in a way that befriends getting to know them supporting them, taking an interest in the young person believing in him / her showing respect for the person Management of the Services Overall Management : Director supported by an Advisory Board of Management. Day to day management, leadership and decision making, assisted by office staff. Responsible for the quality of care of young people in keeping with Salesian Ethos, Financial management and Budget control, staff recruitment & Ongoing Training. A Manager in each of 4 Centres manages the day to day work of the care staff and provides monthly one to one supervision to individual staff. Part time Consultant-Psychotherapist, facilitates staff team sessions and supports staff in dealing with challenges of the work. 10 hrs. weekly. One to one work with individual staff as required ,ie Debriefing. External consultant- supports the thereaputic work of the teams, 4 days annually. Care staff qualifications: BA in Social Care. 3 Staff have MA in Thereaputic Care, 2 Staff MA Psychotherapy. Aftercare Outreach service is provided by 2 Care staff. Staff teams have weekly staff meetings and ongoing training days to help them to develop new skills. Legal Requirements: Every Agency and each centre providing a care service to children and young people needs to be registered with the Health Authority HSE. Every children’s centre is inspected regularly to ensure it is suitable in terms of purpose and function and meets all statutory requirements. The building must have adequate facilities, bedrooms, dinning, washrooms, leisure and recreational spaces. Appropriately decorated, heated & furnished. Certified in terms of all fire regulations Managements & staff have the required training & experience to do the work. All staff have police clearance from any country they have stayed in for more than 6 months. Have in place policies which provide child protection, quality care & support to meet the various needs of the children. Every child has rights which need to be supported and protected at all times. Under Health & Safety Legislation, all Health & Safety procedures have to be in place for the well being of children and staff. One member of staff at each centre acts as a health & safety representative who is trained in health and safety. There is a Complaints Procedure in place for the children, entitling them to make a complaint if and when they need to. Every child in care has an external social worker who calls regularly to check in and ensure his placement is working. The child can contact his social worker at any time if he feels a need to do so. Current Status: Annual Budget is agreed with the Health Authority HSE/Child & Family Services and SLA signed. 40 Staff inclusive of managers, director & administrative staff. Recent cuts in Budget has required us to develop a new strategy. A new company is being set up with charitable status. State funding is not sufficient to fund our present services. We need to raise funds. A CEO has been appointed, a full time fund raiser will follow.