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Important Update – The Secure Welfare Coordination Unit has an updated referral form from 1 April 2019.
More details can be found in the SWCU section.

Welcome to the Secure Children’s Homes website. There are 15 individually managed Secure Children’s Homes throughout England and Wales encompassing a range of services within a secure environment that support the individual needs of the children in its care. They provide placements for boys and girls aged between 10 and 17 and include full residential care, educational facilities and healthcare provision. A very high level of intensive help is offered to each young person, with low children to staff ratios. The secure children’s homes work closely with multi-agency partners to deliver individualised care plans.

This website has been built to support social workers, local authorities, commissioners, partner organisations, young people and their families and guardians. It provides an overview of the homes and their services to demonstrate the exceptional quality of specialist care that each home provides. There are then links to the individual homes where much more specific information can be obtained. The website also provides a guide to the referrals process to facilitate making a placement.

The Secure Accommodation Network (SAN) is the body responsible for the development and promotion of Secure Children’s Home services and as such provides this website. Its membership consists of representatives from all Secure Children’s Homes. Some of the most vulnerable and at risk young people are placed in Secure Children’s Homes and therefore they are subject to in-depth regulation through Ofsted. The Secure Accommodation Network meets regularly to review national policy and work with national agencies to continue to develop best practice and improve outcomes for all.

We hope you find this website useful and informative and encourage you to keep in touch with the Secure Children’s Homes via this website and the Secure Accommodation Network. Please provide feedback, share your experiences and keep up to date with the latest developments in this effective and specialised area of children’s services.

Employment Opportunity: Clayfields House, Team Manager

An exciting opportunity to join our team at Clayfields House as a Team Manager!

We want you to help us to make a difference to the lives of our children and young people. We believe everyone can achieve positive change and we need positive thinkers to create a ‘centre of excellence’ for young people in custody.

Clayfields House is a Local Authority Secure Children’s Home and is part of Nottinghamshire County Council. We are a national resource providing secure care, education and specialist interventions for up to 20 vulnerable young people between 10 and 18 years of age.

Working with our young people has its challenges and its rewards – but the outcomes can be life changing for the young people. We are looking for special individuals who’ve got the tenacity and drive to help turn things around for these young people.
We are looking for an extraordinary person for a challenging role! Is this you?

Clayfields House are looking for an enthusiastic Team Manager who will be responsible for managing, leading and inspiring one of our three care teams. The role will follow a rota pattern which may include some evening and weekend working. You will receive enhancement pay for working weekends and unsociable hours). You must have a minimum of 3 years management experience in social care, criminal justice, residential or other relevant service. The role of the Team Manager is fast paced requiring a person who is a confident multi-tasker and decision maker who is able to support and lead their team to achieve the best possible outcomes for our children and young people.

For informal discussions about the post please contact Lucy Evans (Deputy Service Manager (Secure Accommodation) on 0115 917 0010.

More details here:
https://nottinghamshire.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-2/brand-2/xf-d02946b5331f/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/3/opp/12517-Team-Manager/en-GB

Employment Opportunity: Clayfields House, Senior Practitioner

An exciting opportunity to join our team at Clayfields House as a Senior Practitioner.

We want you to help us to make a difference to the lives of our children and young people. We believe everyone can achieve positive change and we need positive thinkers to create a ‘centre of excellence’ for young people in custody.

Clayfields House is a Local Authority Secure Children’s Home (LASCH) and is part of Nottinghamshire County Council. We are a national resource providing secure care, education and specialist interventions for up to 20 vulnerable young people between 10 and 18 years of age
Working with our young people has its challenges and its rewards – but the outcomes can be life changing for the young people. We are looking for a few special individuals who’ve got the tenacity and drive to help turn things around for these young people.

Situated in Stapleford Nottinghamshire, just a few miles from the M1 we are easy to reach.

We are looking for an experienced Senior Practitioner with 3 years’ experience who has worked with challenging young people. You will hold a Diploma or NVQ Level 3 in CCYP or an equivalent qualification. You will support us in managing one of our living units, so the ability to support and lead staff delivering high quality is crucial for this role. Ability to case manage a number of young people and drive forward a multi-agency approach to meeting their needs.

This role involves working on a shift basis and involves senior sleep in duties.

For informal discussions about the posts please contact Lucy Evans (Deputy Service Manager (Secure Accommodation) or the Duty Manager on 0115 917 0010.

More details here:
https://nottinghamshire.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-2/brand-2/xf-d02946b5331f/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/3/opp/12516-Senior-Practitioner/en-GB

Career Opportunity: Registered Manager at Marydale Secure Children’s Home

This is an exciting newly created role for a driven individual. The purpose of this role is to be the registered manager of a specialised secure children’s home and oversee the care of our children and young people and the development of our staff.

You will have overall responsibility of the management for the home. You will ensure that they meet the current compliances with the relevant regulations following your registration. You will have in-depth knowledge of Ofsted, have excellent managerial skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines and handle a high demanding workload.

The successful candidate will hold a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management for residential childcare (or equivalent) and have 2 years’ experience within the childcare residential setting.

For more information and details on how to apply download the Role Description and Advertisement below:

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Secure Welfare Coordination Unit 2019 Data

The Secure Welfare Coordination Unit (SWCU) has been collecting data on welfare placements in secure children’s homes since 2016. Data from the secure children’s homes is collected by the SWCU on a daily basis. The unit collects data on all aspects of referrals for young people and the outcomes of those referrals, including where there have been challenges to making placements. This data is used by the sector and by the DfE to build greater understanding of what is working and where changes may be needed in the future

A monthly summary of the data on is available to view here. The summary includes data on secure welfare bed availability, referrals, placements before secure and placements on exiting secure. This data is experimental and has developed over time in order to support the sector. The use of the SWCU is not mandated so this data does not cover each placement and it is only based on referrals received through the SWCU. This is not an official statistical release, it is collected over a short time series and is intended only to provide summary of the secure welfare estate.
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Career Opportunity: Registered Manager at Marydale Secure Children’s Home

This is an exciting newly created role for a driven individual. The purpose of this role is to be the registered manager of a specialised secure children’s home and oversee the care of our children and young people and the development of our staff.

You will have overall responsibility of the management for the home. You will ensure that they meet the current compliances with the relevant regulations following your registration. You will have in-depth knowledge of Ofsted, have excellent managerial skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines and handle a high demanding workload.

The successful candidate will hold a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management for residential childcare (or equivalent) and have 2 years’ experience within the childcare residential setting.

For more information and details on how to apply download the Role Description and Advertisement below:

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