Resident Handbook

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Resident Handbook

Post  Ghost on Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:55 pm



Highgrove Home for Children Resident Handbook

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Code of Conduct

All residents of the Highgrove Home for Children are expected to treat other residents and staff (The Family) with respect and care at all times. Disrespectful, disruptive or damaging behaviours will not be tolerated, and may result in disciplinary actions, up to and including extra chores, removal of privileges, and/or time in seclusion.

Residents are expected to be punctual and orderly at all times. Tardiness to, or skipping of chores, classes, therapy or other scheduled activities is not permitted. Failure to arrive, or tardiness, may result in disciplinary action up to and including additional chores or other tasks, and removal of privileges.

Resident are not permitted to engage in sexual activities at the Highgrove Home for Children. Male residents are not permitted to visit the female dormitories or shower rooms. Female residents are not permitted to visit the male dormitories or shower rooms. Infringement of these rules may result in disciplinary actions up to and including additional chores, removal of privileges and/or time in seclusion.

Residents are expected to represent the good reputation of the Highgrove Home for Children during any and all off-grounds activities and visits. Residents who reflect badly on Highrove during off-grounds trips, or prove disruptive to The Family will be sent home and may receive disciplinary actions up to and including extra chores, removal of privileges, exemption from further trips and/or time in seclusion.

Residents are not permitted to leave the house and grounds without permission from Highgrove Administrative Staff and with staff supervision. Residents found leaving the grounds without permission or supervision will face disciplinary action up to and including extra chores, removal of privileges and time in seclusion.

Residents at the Highgrove Home for Children are expected to operate within an honour system. Bad behaviour or infringement of any rules may result in disciplinary actions against both the perpetrator and other members of the family. Thus, damaging behaviours will not only affect the resident in question, but those around them. This system is in place to encourage social responsibilities.

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Dress Code

Residents are not permitted to wear clothing that exposes the thighs, buttocks, breasts or midriff save for bathing suits which may only be worn for the purpose of swimming. Female bathing suits must be one-piece only. Male bathing suits must consist of bathing trunks, not including speedo-styles.

Residents are not permitted to wear clothing which depicts images of a suggestive nature, be they sexual, explicit or referencing drugs or violent behaviour. Such items will be confiscated indefinitely, and disciplinary action may be taken.

Residents are not permitted to wear jewellery other than; One simple pair of stud earrings, either gold or silver, one simple chain necklace with small pendant, either gold or silver, and one simple ring, either gold or silver. All other jewellery must be removed and confiscated until such a time as the Resident leaves the Highgrove Home for Children.

Resident hair is to be kept neat and orderly at all times. Bright or ostentatious hair colours are not permitted. Unusual or disruptive haircuts are also forbidden. Residents are to present a tidy and acceptable appearance at all times. Residents failing to do so may have their personal affects confiscated, and be provided with appropriate attire.

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Prohibited Items

Residents of the Highgrove Home for Children are not permitted to possess or otherwise utlise the following:
  • Controlled Substances other than medications prescribe to them.
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco Products
  • Firearms or other long-range weapons
  • Knives or other items that may be used as blades
  • Items that may be used for bludgeoning, such as paper weights, knuckle-dusters, etc.
  • Items that may be used for strangulation such as heavy chains or ropes
  • Other items that may be used as weapons and which the staff deem unacceptable
  • Images of a suggestive nature, such as pornography or images depicting violence or drug use
  • Inappropriate clothing that violates the dress code
  • Inappropriate shoes such a stiletto heels or platform boots


Resident dormitories may be periodically searched for contraband. Those found in possession of prohibited items may face disciplinary action up to and including extra chores, removal of privileges and/or time in seclusion.

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Daily Schedules

Resident meal times will be supervised by staff members. All residents will be required to take any prescribed medications and consume the entirety of the meal served to them before they may be permitted to leave the dining hall.

Residents will not be permitted to leave their beds after lights-out unless given express permission by the warden on duty.

Residents in seclusion will not leave seclusion for any reason whatsoever until they have been dismissed, at which time they may return to the regular resident schedule.

Weekday Morning:
    07:30 - 08:00: Morning Wake-Up Call/Wash-Up
    08:00 - 08:30: Breakfast
    08:30-09:00: Free Period
    09:05 - 11:30: Morning Chores
    11:35 - 12:30: Lunch

Weekday Afternoon:
    12:30-01:30: Free Period
    01:35 - 03:30: Classes
    03:35 - 04:30: Scheduled Activity (Equestrianism/Agriculture/Swimming etc.)
    04:35 - 05:30: Dinner
    05:35 - 06:30: Evening Chores
    06:35 - 09:30:: Free Period
    09:35 - 10:00: Showers/Quiet Time
    10:00: Lights Out

Weekend Morning
    08:30 - 09:00: Wake-Up Call/Wash-Up
    09:00 - 09:30: Breakfast
    o9:35 - 11:30: Morning Chores
    11-30 - 12:30: Scheduled Activity (Equestrianism/Agriculture/Swimming etc.)

Weekend Afternoon
    12:35 - 01:30: Lunch
    01:30 - 07:30: Free Time
    o7:30 - 08:30: Dinner
    o8:35 - 10:30: Evening Chores
    10:35 - 11:00: Showers/Quiet Time
    11:00: Lights Out


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Scheduled Activities

All residents participate in scheduled group activities. These activities will rotate on a daily basis so that everyone participates in all activities depending on the day of the week. Residents are not permitted to skip activities without express permission from a member of Highgrove's administrative staff.

During inclement weather, agriculture activities will take place in the barn only, equestrian activities will take place in the stables block only, and sports & recreation and nature studies will relocate to the classrooms. Swimming will continue as scheduled.

Scheduled activities, their descriptions, and their meeting locations will be listed below:

    Equestrianism: Learning to care for horses, stables and tack, and riding. Meet at: The Stables.

    Swimming: Learning to swim and basic lifesaving techniques and CRP. Meet at: The Pool House.

    Sports & Recreation: Physical education and sporting activities. Meet at: The Courtyard.

    Nature Studies: Trail-walking, identification of plants and animals, basic outdoor survival skills. Meet at: The Garden Shed.

    Agriculture: Basic farming study, including agriculture and livestock. Meet at: The Barn.


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Classes

All residents of the Highgrove Home for Children are expected to attend core curriculum classes. Here they will learn all of the basic core curricula such as maths, science, english, geography, history, art and computer sciences. Class subject matter will rotate over a period of a few days at a time to allow the class material to be absorbed before moving on to another subject. Residents are not permitted to skip classes. Residents are broken into two groups for classes. Ages 14-15, and ages 16-18.

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Therapy & Medication

All residents will attend scheduled therapy sessions with their assigned therapist. These sessions will be scheduled a week in advance, and schedule times may vary. Therapy will not be scheduled for during any free periods or meals.

All residents prescribed medications by their therapist or by the resident medical staff of Highgrove must take these medications at meal times. Residents will be inspected to be certain that they have swallowed their medications before they will be allowed to eat and leave the dining hall. Residents who refuse to take medication may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including seclusion, until such a time as they are able to meet with a therapist again. Intravenous medication may only be administered with the permission of the head of psychiatry or the psychiatrist, and must be administered by a trained medical professional.


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