Established in 2010 Nether Johnstone House is a community based service that supports young people with a range of complex needs. Our service is child-centred and we aim to work collaboratively and creatively with young people, their families, carers, local authority and other relevant professionals. We believe in the potential of all children and young people to grow and develop. We provide a stable environment whilst trying to provide as much normality as possible for young people that have experienced abuse and neglect and may also be at risk of or involved with offending behaviour. We embrace the ethos of “Getting it Right For Every Child” (GIRFEC) and measure our progress using the SHANARRI Indicators.
We have undertaken a complete review of our services in January 2014 which has included a new Service Manager and a re-structuring of our staff team.
Neil McMillan joined the staff team as Service Manager to lead the care team at Nether Johnstone House in January 2014. Neil holds a B.A in Social Work, an MSc in Child Care and Protection; he is an Instructor for the Safe Crisis Management programme and a Senior Trainer in Life Space Crisis Intervention. With more than 20 years of experience in residential child care in both open and secure settings Neil has held posts as a practitioner, manager, and learning and development professional. He is an Ambassador for Careers in Care for the SSSC and has held social work research posts at Strathclyde and Stirling universities. Neil is also an international consultant and has undertaken several overseas assignments for UNICEF and Save the Children where he has advised governments and published globally on standards in residential child care and child protection. This allows him to bring a multi-cultural insight to residential child care practice.
Gerry Daly provides an ongoing consultancy service to Nether Johnstone supporting our external quality assurance processes and focusing on staff professional development. Gerry Is a qualified Social Worker, who has worked as a manager and a staff learning and development professional in caring environments for children and young people for twenty six years. He is a Senior Trainer in Life Space Crisis Intervention, a Principal Instructor in Safe Crisis Management and is qualified in Multi Element Behaviour Support planning (MEBS).
We have a large group of dedicated and experienced care staff. This allows us to easily offer a one to one service to children where this is assessed as appropriate. We operate a key team system where each young person has a dedicated team who are all actively involved in the planning and delivery of services to fulfill plans identified.