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Beechfield Secure Unit
Looking Forward, Offering Choices
Beechfield is a Secure Children’s Home (SCH) for young people set on the beautiful West Sussex/Surrey borders near Crawley. Beechfield is a national resource owned and managed by West Sussex County Council. The home provides secure accommodation for young people aged 10-17. In certain circumstances, young people under the age of 13 can be accommodated with Secretary of State approval. We have been specialising in the welfare needs of young people since 1983 and young people are placed with us due to either having a history of absconding or are likely to abscond, likely to suffer significant harm or likely to injure themselves or others. Young people are placed under the Children’s Act 1989, Section 25 or section 70 Children (Scotland) Act 1995. The young people may also be or have been the subject of a Care Order, Interim Care Order, Emergency Protection Order or Child Assessment Order. Beechfield has been rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features following our latest OFSTED inspection.
Beechfield staff team have the training, skills and understanding to engage with young people, using the relationships that are built over time to enable the young people to look forward and make positive changes. They adopt good parenting responses to maintain the safe management of both the young person and the group, whilst allowing them to take assessed risks to develop as an individual. The risk assessment process at Beechfield is rigorous yet flexible to allow progress as young people are encouraged to look forward and consider their choices.
We place great emphasis on working in partnership with young people, their families and other professionals to address problematic patterns of behaviour and reinforce positives through constructive and individualised interventions. As a member of the Beechfield team, the resident Consultant Clinical Psychologist will help to co-ordinate and provide a range of therapeutic services to the young people. A focussed assessment of the mental health and emotional wellbeing of each young person will be completed within the first five weeks of placement.
Beechfield offers a full educational programme to each individual young person which is broad, balanced and differentiated according to age, ability, aptitude, interest and any particular educational needs the young person might have. Development of basic literacy, numeracy and IT skills will always be a key focus when a young person has difficulties in these areas.