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Beechside Short Break Service

Beechside is a 6 bed overnight short break service based in Portsmouth for Children with Disabilities aged between 5 and 18 years of age.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Clive Pfeiffer-Richardson
02392 642291

Where to go

Beechside Short Break Service
235 Havant Road,

Other Details


Age Ranges
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Local Offer

Local Offer
What does your service do?
The key purpose of the service is to provide overnight short breaks to children with disabilities in a safe, positive and enabling environment. The provision of the service is based on identified outcomes agreed with the child/young person, their family/carer and the referring social worker. Children/Young people accessing Beechside are offered a positive, fun and individual experience during their overnight breaks, accessing activities including: an onsite sensory room, trips to local and surrounding community facilities via adapted accessible vehicles and local community transport. Whilst a child/young person accesses their break, Parents/carers have the opportunity to take a break and recharge with the reassurance that their son/daughter is being supported by a professional trained team in a safe, secure, well equipped and fun environment. The service provision is constantly reviewed, updated and developed to take account of the changing needs of the children and young people accessing the service. This in part is achieved by encouraging children/young people and their family/carer to feedback and contribute ideas as to how the service could be improved and developed.
Who does your service provide for?
Beechside provides a service to children and young people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities from the age of 5 to 18. Individual assessments are completed at point of referral by the child/young persons allocated social worker. The identified support need is met by adapting the service around the child's / young person's need. There is currently no type of disability identified that Beechside does not provide a service for. Children and young people who present with support needs and disabilities not previously met by Beechside have packages of care designed around the child and their identified need. The staff team access appropriate training and regular updates as well accessing support from specialist schools, Camhs LD and the local community nurse team
How can I start using the service?
OurA referral can be made via the child's / young person's allocated social worker. If a referral is progressed you will be allocated a named member of staff (keyworker) who, if you require, will then make arrangements for you to visit Beechside. Your allocated key worker and a senior member of staff will then arrange to complete an assessment of need and risk assessment, identifying outcomes and objectives that your son or daughter wishes to achieve whilst accessing Beechside. On completion of the assessments, 2 to 3 tea visits are planned, after a mutually agreed time the tea visits are then progressed on to the agreed plan of overnight stays. An annual quantity of overnights will be allocated to you by your allocated social worker. The total of overnights for a 12 month period will be divided up across three 4 month programmed care plans. Your allocated social worker will review your child’s plan with you regularly, including the service provided by Beechside Payment for the service you receive from Beechside is organised via your allocated social workers HCC commissioning contract. Beechside does not currently operate a waiting list.
Where is it located and what areas does it cover?
Beechside is located in the Drayton/Cosham area on the outskirts of Portsmouth, has good access to public transport routes and the local community, shops and leisure facilities. Beechside predominantly provides overnight short breaks to children and young people living in Portsmouth as well as from the surrounding districts covering Gosport, Havant, Petersfield and Fareham.
How are decisions made about who can use your service?
The following areas are considered when making a decision of who can use the service. * The child / young person's identified need * That Beechside staff have the appropriate training, skills and experience to meet the child's /young person's identified need * The availability of over nights Your allocated social worker will apply to Hampshire County Council's allocation panel to seek agreement for you to access the Beechside provision. Your allocated social worker will support and guide you through the process and inform you of any decisions made.
How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making?
Your allocated keyworker will contact you via telephone on a minimum of a monthly basis. We actively seek feedback through a variety of medias to gain input from children, their families and other professionals to actively engage in the development of the service Beechside provides. We use PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) to offer choices of activity, food etc. Where appropriate we utilise the PECS to provide a personalised time line to indicate and support transitions to and from different settings and activities. We use Makaton, an adapted version of sign language that is widely used by people with learning disabilities alongside speech. We provide a home / Beechside book to all children and young people. The Home/Beechside book is used to communicate and pass information to and from Beechside to the child, their family and any other agencies (e.g. school). This information may include what activities your son / daughter has accessed, medication needs or simply how your son/daughters overnight stay as gone.
Is your service fully accessible?
All the facilities for the overnight short breaks at Beechside are provided on the ground floor. The layout of the ground floor is open plan and has full wheelchair access to 2 large separate lounges, a dining area, a wet play area, laundry facilities and a purpose built sensory room. All of the 6 bedrooms have access to adapted beds, personal storage and 3 of the 6 bedrooms have ceiling hoists. 1 bedroom is specifically designed to focus on the needs of children and young people with Autism. There are 3 separate toilet areas which offer access to specialist adapted equipment including, a Jacuzzi bath, a wet room with shower chairs, a changing table and a ceiling hoist. Support to children and young people accessing Beechside is managed and planned by the staff team on duty in a number of ways including: * The use an implementation of individual care plans * The preparation and management of the physical environment * The use of individual planned menus that cater for allergies and personal likes and dislikes. For further information please feel free to contact us to discuss any specific needs and we will work with you to resolve any access issues as far as possible. In addition one of our team will be happy to arrange a visit for you to view our facilities.
What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEN and Disabilities had or are having?
Beechside staff have individual training programmes linked to their job role and receive regular supervision and annual Personal Development Reviews to update and develop their skills. Some of the common courses include: * Safeguarding Children with Learning Disabilities * First Aid at Work * Epilepsy rescue * Medication administration * Moving and handling of people * Caring for traumatised children * Team Teach * Equality and Diversity * Information Governance * Autism awareness * Health and Safety * Risk management * Child development Training courses are primarily provided by Portsmouth City Council's Learning and Development team. Additional specialist training is accessed via other specialist service providers including: Health services (community nurse team and CAMHS LD team) and specialist education services.
How will I know my child is safe?
Clive Pfeiffer-Richardson is the manager that has the responsibility of making sure the service is offered safely. The safeguarding and wellbeing of the children and young people accessing Beechside is paramount and is achieved in a number of ways. An assessment of need and risk assessment is completed and reviewed at least 6 monthly. The assessment identifies individual need, planned outcomes/objectives and sets out an agreed plan as to how your son or daughters day to day needs will be met by staff. A robust recruitment process ensures that all staff have pre-employment checks which includes references and a DBS police check (updated at a minimum every 3 years). All members of the team receive regular planned supervision and are supervised and managed daily by an identified shift leader. Security of the building is provided via an intruder alarm system, a key pad door access system and alarmed external doors. Visitors accessing Beechside are asked for ID and sign in and out using a visitors book. Children and young people accessing Beechside and the local community are supported at a staffing level that is identified in their individual assessment and risk assessment. All staff access and are regularly updated on Safeguarding Children training. We are inspected by OFSTED (the government's main regulator for children's services) twice a year and at least one of these is not announced.
Who can I contact for further information?
If you are considering using our service, require further information or have any concerns or worries please contact: * Your allocated social worker * The Unit manager at Beechside (Clive Pfeiffer-Richardson) If you already accessing the service at Beechside, in the first instance, please contact your allocated Beechside keyworker or the duty Senior who will be happy to address any concerns you may have.
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