At Sunfield, we work in partnership with you, your child, and others who are significant in your child’s life. We have an experienced Referrals, Admissions and Transition team who will help you and your child transition smoothly to Sunfield. We have a dedicated Family Support Coordinator, who will be your first point of contact if you need to get in touch with us at any time. Together with the ‘Team Around the Child’, they will respond to any queries or issues affecting or relating to your child. They will also coordinate our Family Services, and the booking of Family Centre Facilities.
By keeping siblings involved with your child during their placement, we believe their relationship will strengthen and they will be better informed about your child’s needs as they progress together into adulthood. Sunfield produces two Sibling Information Booklets, one aimed at 0 – 16 year-olds and the other at siblings aged 16+. We also offer sibling activity days and weekends, based at Sunfield and in the community, to encourage siblings to feel part of Sunfield, and to meet, have fun and build friendships.
In addition to family forum meetings, frequent one-to-one chats, and reviews relating to your child, we’ll also keep you informed about life at Sunfield through regular newsletters. Our Family Newsletter is produced once a term, to keep you informed about news, events and useful information. Each house also produces a Focus House Newsletter which is issued twice a year, to provide you with information specific to your child’s house.
We understand that placing your child in a residential setting affects the whole family, so we train our staff to support you through this process, including ‘Talking to Families, Listening to Families’ and ‘What Families Tell Us’ segments within our staff induction programme. As well as providing first class care and education to children, Sunfield also shares its knowledge and experience with families through training opportunities, throughout the year, covering a range of subjects such as communication strategies and behaviour management.