Right from the outset it has been our goal to help young people to whom life had presented more problems than solutions and enable them to overcome their difficulties and progress towards greater fulfillment. To this end, SureCare has set up two homes which provide a level of care which exceeds the standards set by the sector. To achieve this, SureCare continuously monitors and improves its services.
- The requirements and needs of the National Minimum Care Standards for Children’s Homes are met and exceeded
- A high standard of accommodation is provided offering space and therapeutic surroundings which not only allow children to live in a family environment but also give them a positive experience of life, community spirit and a sense of well-being freer from internal conflict
- SureCare maintains its focus on meeting the needs of young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties by providing a diverse range of services and resources.
- SureCare employs and develops an experienced and well-qualified team of professionals dedicated to the health and welfare of every young person.
- A high staff to child ratio helps us meet the complex needs of young people and to minimise risks
- We provide a thorough assessment structure with well-resourced intervention plans and regular reviews of outcomes and the progress of each child.
- Cognitive behavioural programmes underpin our work and these are implemented by a professional team of highly qualified therapeutic consultants.
- A non-punitive and anti-oppressive approach is adopted in all aspects of working with children in a residential setting.
- We confront anti-social or self-destructive behavior, thereby enabling the development of alternative ways of self-expression whilst creating opportunities for them to establish and maintain trust, raise their self-esteem and develop respect for themselves and others.
- Young people are provided with continuity and the opportunity to move on from their current situation and become able to cope with their emotions.
Back in 1990, a 13 year old boy was placed in care and it was his experiences during his time living in residential care which started him on a life-long journey to make sure that young people in similar circumstances today get a far better start in life than he did himself.
Without the love and support of just a few kind and caring Individuals, the story could have ended up so differently. Out of hundreds of professionals who passed through his life during this time, only a very few of them succeeded in engaging and motivating him. Over the years, he asked himself so many times why, and the answer that kept coming back to him was that it was these few who truly cared about him and succeeded in building a strong bond and relationship.
By now, of course, you must have realized that the young boy was indeed me, Simon Barr, the founding Director of SureCare Residential.
Coming to work in the care sector in 2000 was far from easy for me but it was also very rewarding as I really began to see how hard it must have been to look after me when I was full of rage and so confused about my Identity. For 10 years, I worked in many different homes, gradually gaining more and more experience along the way and progressing to senior management level.
The thing I really struggled with was how a lot of the organisations where I worked were not genuinely child-focused. They were constantly talking about being so but, somewhere along the way, it was being lost in translation. It was difficult to see whether the problem was down to the severity of the children’s behavioural problems or whether it was the actual care environment that was not quite right. The homes where I worked had an average of 11-13 children and a staff of 3 or 4.
As I worked my way up and had more contact with a few well-qualified professionals, I realised that low staffing ratios, insufficient input from appropriately qualified professional and an absence of proper programmes evolved for the particular needs of the young person were all largely responsible for the lack of success in turning around the lives of these young people.
So, when I had the opportunity to be involved as a founding director in setting up SureCare, my prime aim was to make sure it would be an organization that placed young people first and provided them with everything they deserve and need.
I already knew that perhaps the biggest factor in achieving success was to ensure we cared as much about the staff as much as the young people. They need to learn just as the young people do. They need support and encouragement in just the same way. They too need appropriate facilities.
And in a short space of time, we have two successful well-appointed homes in Essex, a well trained and enthusiastic staff led by top professionals and a fine record of young people moving towards a fulfilling adulthood.
SureCare’s Mission is to empower young people to change their lives and make positive choices about their future.
We believe that every young person has the ability to progress towards adulthood with a positive outlook on life if they are given the right amount of support, love, encouragement and nurturing.
A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step and can take a life time to complete. At SureCare, we believe that, if we set our young people on their journey with the right support and knowledge, no matter how many setbacks or obstacles they may face, they can move forward and fulfill their dreams.