October 2017 – Secure Welfare Co-ordination Unit extended to Welsh local authorities. More details in the news 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.

MP Dr Phillip Lee Visit to Clayfields House

Dr Phillip Lee tweeted about his visit commenting on the great work done educating and caring for some of the most challenging young people in Britain.

Job Opportunity at Atkinson SCH, Exeter – Deputy Manager

The Atkinson SCH is seeking a highly motivated, experienced and enthusiastic manager with excellent communication skills to join the Atkinson team.

For more information and to apply please click on the following link:

Job Opportunity at Clayfields House, Nottinghamshire – Intervention Worker Full Time

Due to the promotion of one of our Intervention Workers we need to recruit a new team member. You will deliver high quality, innovative programme and intervention work for children either 1:1 or in groups in order to reduce offending and high-risk behaviours for welfare residents. You will be a graduate in a relevant discipline and already have some relevant and recent training and experience in this field, highly literate and numerate and able to provide leadership and expertise to other colleagues in the centre. You will be a child focused, attachment and trauma aware, a positive and proactive person who is able to build relationships with ease, maintain personal emotional resilience and work effectively with a wide-ranging multi-disciplinary team.
See Nottinghamshire County Council’s website for details on how to apply:

Closing Date: 31 January 2018

Improving Mental Health Support for our Children and Young People

On the the 6th November the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) launched it’s report ‘Improving mental health support for our children and young people’ at the House of Lords. Linda Wright from Clayfields House Secure Unit represented SAN and the Secure Children’s Homes in the Expert Working Group that produced this report. The report can be downloaded below.
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The Secure Welfare Co-ordination Unit for England and Wales

The Secure Welfare Co-ordination Unit went live on the 16th May 2016 within England. From the 2nd October 2017 Welsh local authorities will also be able to access the services it provides when seeking a place for a child in a secure children’s home in England or Wales. This follows representations from All Wales Heads of Children’s Services (AWHOCS), via the Children’s Residential Care Task and Finish Group, and an offer by the UK Government’s Department for Education to extend the unit’s remit to include referrals from Wales.

All referrals should be made to the SCWU rather than approaching the Secure Children’s Homes directly. The unit can be contacted on 01962 846432.