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The term “short breaks” refers to services that help parents/carers to more effectively provide care for their disabled children by providing them regular breaks so that they can meet the needs of other children in the family; study or take part in leisure activities themselves; or carry out day to day household tasks. We also want short breaks to help make sure young people access positive activities.
Royal Greenwich has a duty to provide access to short break services for parent/carers of all disabled children aged 0-19 in Royal Greenwich (or up to 25, where part of a support plan). This statement explains:
- The range of services on offer in Royal Greenwich
- Who is eligible for services
- How to access services
- How we develop short breaks
- How you can shape short breaks
Families trust the staff to look after their children. A parent said,
They are a fantastic team and I have no worries when my son stays.
– Ofsted, January 2018, parent’s comment
Our residential provision extends the school day, provides after school care, additional educational opportunities, and sets out to promotes pupil independence and skills for a wide range of young people. The vast majority of young people have complex conditions and have recognised disabilities requiring high levels of support and supervision. Usually this is on an extended day and overnight basis during term time.
Rainbow House is integrated within Charlton Park Academy and is a homely purpose built provision. All young people are in possession of either Single Education, health and care plans or SEN statements, generally with non statutory support through a variety of funding streams including personal budgets. Rainbow House is currently open Monday – Friday during term time. We are planning additional respite services with a separate Respite services provider to include weekends and holidays periods.
Rainbow House has a positive ethos that is based on the empowerment and enabling of the young people who use the service. Specialist staff are employed to support the house’s enhancement of a caring, happy, relaxed, stimulating and vibrant atmosphere that is enjoyed young people and supports parents keep their children in locally provided services wherever possible.
We are proud of our Ofsted evaluation for outstanding outcomes for young people in its care.
A lot happier and can’t wait to get to Rainbow House …. amazing staff, well done to you all.
I know my son is happy by his reaction when he see’s his case.
My daughter feels more confident staying away from home.
My daughter is happy because of nice staff and place.
Parents/Carers (September 2017)
* Students names have been removed
Rainbow House Staff
|Paul Kniveton||Acting Head of Care|
|Jackie Fletcher||Deputy Head of Care|
|Nick Richards||Key Worker|
|Marie Rose Jabang||Key Worker|
|Teresa Ward||Key Worker|
|Catherine Falconer||Night Key Worker|
|Joyce Davis||Key Worker|
|Felicia Ejiegbu||Ancillary Staff|
|Kathryn Stowell||School Link|
|Jules Mallendine||Independent Listener|
|Graham Harknett||Governor Link|
|Sarah Mctigue||Governor Link Safeguarding|
|Sheila Humphreys||Swimming Coach|
Charlton Park Academy Staff who regularly cover in Rainbow House:
Sheila Humprheys Swimming Coach
School Office: 020 8249 6844
Rainbow House Mobile (Paul/Jackie):
07805 703 622
Rainbow House Office ext: 102 or 251
Write: Rainbow House, Head of Care
Charlton Park Road, London, SE7 8HX