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5.11 Sleeping In and Night Security

REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS

The Leadership and Management Standard

AMENDMENT

This chapter was added to this manual in July 2012.


Contents

  1. Sufficient Staff Levels at Night
  2. Sleeping In
  3. Night Security
  4. Waking Night Staff


1. Sufficient Staff Levels at Night

The home normally has 3 members of staff on duty during the evening. This may be increased if the behaviour of individuals or other factors indicate that this is necessary for the welfare of children or the protection of staff.

Two members of staff 'sleep in' during the night time after they have ensured that all children are settled for the night.


2. Sleeping In

Staff sleeping in rooms are not part of the communal living area, and are located close to children's bedrooms to respond to children's night time needs. Two members of staff sleep in occupying separate sleeping in rooms.


3. Night Security

The entire ground floor of the Home is fitted with an infra-red movement alarm that sounds in the event of a person entering the ground floor area from either the upstairs or from outside the building

Prior to, and as part of, the routine of 'settling the children' staff complete a security check to ensure all ground floor windows and doors are secure. The Fire exit doors open automatically in the event that the alarm sounds, and staff hold regular drills (including some at night time) with children to familiarise all with this.


4. Waking Night Staff

The home does not normally deploy waking night staff. This is to try to operate as closely as possible to the routines of a family home.

However, should it become necessary to do so following an identified risk in the history of a young person, or if there are indicators that children may be at risk using sleeping in staff only, then staff are prepared to alter there normal patterns of work to accommodate this by adding to sleeping in staff. The Manager will increase overall staffing recourses if this is necessary.

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