Holly House – Courtyard Care, is a large detached home where we support children and young people who have experienced trauma, may have mental health issues and/or have a learning disability. The home has a lot of outside space for the children and young people to take advantage of. We enjoy spending time in the garden playing outdoor sports and relaxing in the summer months.
Hi I’m Sam, I am pleased to have been appointed as the Registered Manager of Holly House.
I have a 20 year varied background with both children and adults in social care who have learning disabilities and complex health needs. I have most recently been the Accommodation Team Leader for Trafford domestic abuse service. This was a crisis management role ensuring the safety and wellbeing of both adults and children. I maintained a good knowledge base of children’s services whilst working in the domestic violence setting by completing regulation 44 visits for a children’s home.
I hold qualifications that enable me to have a sound knowledge base of the children’s standards. NVQ L3 in care, NVQ L4 in management and a social work diploma in children’s and families.
During my career working in children’s homes my focus was to support and maintain the safety of the service users. To support contact with the families and enable young people to live by ordinary life principles. My priority was ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the people I supported. I completed additional qualifications in Health and Safety to be able to minimise risks personally and environmentally.
I have been working in residential care and special needs school/services since 1999. My previous roles include consultancy work, supporting failing homes and schools to improve. I then became a Registered Manager for 5 years, during this time, the team and myself had an Ofsted Judgment of ‘Outstanding’ for 5 years.
My more recent roles progressed to Operational Manager supporting 13 homes and most recently In November 2015 I joined Courtyard Care as Regional Director.
I am a qualified Social Worker who is passionate and driven to provide the best possible outcomes for children and young people we support. Myself and my team have a keen interest in ensuring our services are ‘fit for purpose’ and meet all regulatory frameworks/requirements. We are very child-centred and believe every child should be given the opportunity to grow and succeed. Barriers can be overcome by working together to achieve the best outcomes. We celebrate all achievements as every step is a milestone for the children and young people we support.
I started my career in the corporate sector in learning and development before setting up my own business and then moving in to teaching within the prison service in 2000.
Since that time, I have worked in a number of positions within Health & Social Care and Special Education including Mentoring Project Manager, Head Teacher, Regional Education Manager and Operations Director.
My previous background in business combined with extensive knowledge and experience gained over the past 20 years lends itself well to the role of Director of Children’s Services. I am delighted to have joined Swanton in October 2022 and am excited to contribute towards the growth and development of the services.
I believe that everyone of us has the potential to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable children and adults so that they can be happy, healthy, and live as independently as possible. We do this by ensuring that we always doing the “right thing” and continue to ask ourselves how can I make this better.
The home is in the heart of Bolton and provides for up to 5 placements at any one time. Holly House – Courtyard Care, is furnished to a high standard, we have 2 lounges areas, a large dining room and a well equipped and safe kitchen. Children and young people help to personalise their bedrooms with support from their keyworker.
As a team we advocate for our children and young people. We believe everybody has a right to be given the best options possible. The team has training around PACE and believe Every Moment Matters, what may look like a small step is often a huge leap for us. Every child has a right to feel safe and cared for and this is often not been an option for our children. Careful matching offers the best outcomes for our children and young people to build positive relationships and build trust.