Balnacraig provides a healthy, warm, safe, supportive, non-smoking, and very well maintained environment for young people; we received a Healthy Living Award in 2013 in recognition for the work we do.

Very committed to partnership working, we always keep the best interests of the child at the centre of our work and hold regular partnership meetings with local services to keep them engaged and involved with our young people.  Through training and regular supervision, all our staff are very aware of their roles and responsibilities in relation to protecting young people; we have clear safeguarding policies and procedures and effective procedures for the administration of medicines. There are well established bedtime routines and consistent expectations and boundaries, and everyone is encouraged to take part in a very balanced range of activities and to access fresh air and drinking water. Staff and young people eat together and all meals are healthy, well-balanced and nutritious, with young people’s preferences and dietary requirements always taken into account when menu planning. Young people are also supported to buy their own toiletries and are encouraged to shop and cook at the weekends.

As part of our comprehensive admissions process, we gather baseline information about each young person’s medical history and we agree desired outcomes in partnership with the placing Social Worker and LAAC Nurse. All young people are registered with a local GP, and a dentist and optician if necessary, and are supported to attend all medical appointments. Each young person’s Care Plan, based on GIRFEC outcomes, includes information on health and wellbeing needs and we use the wellbeing wheel to measure and evidence progress and to agree actions and next steps.

We have very effective working relationships with several local healthcare providers.  For example, we employ a Clinical Psychologist two days a week who provides on-going consultation and training for staff as well as direct support to young people and their families.  For example, she works with young people to support them to develop strategies to recognise and regulate their emotions, relaxation techniques and healthy sleep routines. She also gives us direct access to the local CAMHS team and a Clinical Psychiatrist regularly visits young people to review medication for any developmental disorders or mental health concerns. We have access to a speech and language and occupational therapist and also make good use of the services of the Web Project and City Base, based in Perth, for support with young people’s health particularly in relation to drugs and alcohol and sexual health. The NHS Tayside Health Worker for Health and Tobacco supports young people who wish to stop smoking. We also have excellent links with a pharmacist who supports us in everything to do with the administration of medicines, and provides regular training for staff.