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St Catherine’s Secure Centre
St. Catherine’s Secure Centre provides both open and secure accommodation providing care and education for young people of both genders.
Marydale Lodge consists of two six bedded secure units – Austen is an all female secure unit that supports young women who have been subject to exploitation and violence in the community to begin to heal in a non-threatening environment. Bronte is a secure unit that caters for both male and female who come to us with a range of life experiences and problems.
Marian House is a specialist step-down open unit enabling St. Catherine’s to provide a continuum of care across the same campus ensuring stability and therapeutic input for some of the most damaged and vulnerable young people in society. We firmly believe that secure accommodation is an integral part of crisis management for young people but we equally recognise that when used in isolation, it does not provide long term solutions. Our aim is to help young people develop the necessary skills that will enable them to make the right choices once they return to their own community. Our Marian House step-down unit is an invaluable facility to achieve this.
We provide curriculum based education over a 48 week year, with a high level of individual support. This is provided in both secure & open settings with young people in our step down unit benefiting from the continuity. We also provide therapeutic input – Psychiatrist & Psychologist – as well as a section 12 approved GP and a site nurse who has both General and RMN qualifications and is a sexual health specialist.
Young people come to St. Catherine’s purely on welfare grounds (Section 25 C.A. ‘89). We have a vast experience in working with young people who have significant mental health issues that may present as extreme self-injuring behaviour or a broad spectrum of challenging and high risk taking behaviour. We also have a long history of working with victims of Child Sexual Exploitation.
The positive, supportive and nurturing environment that we provide very often contrasts with the previous life experiences of the young people who we look after. For many it is the first time that they have lived in a placement where they receive such a high focus of care and support, allowing them the opportunity to gain insight into how their lifestyle is significantly different to their peers in society. They are then enabled to understand the concerns people have had for their welfare and safety, which led to the secure order being made. Staff at St. Catherine’s have a wealth of experience and have developed significant strategies to challenge the young person’s low expectation of life.
St Catherine’s is as far as possible a domestic home with the overriding factor that it is a safe and secure place in which young people and children can live.