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Residential care for children

Children's residential units are there for young people aged 13 to 17 when they cannot live with their own family, for whatever reason.

They care for young people with differing, complex needs and each young person is treated accordingly. Trained and dedicated staff - including the manager, tutors, group leaders and children's centre workers - work with the young people and their families to ensure they receive the best opportunities in social, health, education and leisure.

All young people are encouraged to continue with their education, whether in school, college, training or work placement. Staff support young people with their studies and all the units have study areas with computers. Sports and leisure activities are actively encouraged.

Each young person will have a care plan before moving to the unit, which explains the reasons why they are being placed there, what their needs are and how best these can be met. Some young people will be moved when in crisis. If this happens, the care plan will be written within 48 hours of the move.

We have a short-stay emergency unit which allows the social workers, residential staff and other agencies to get to know the young person and assess and identify specific needs. This also allows the young person to gain a better understanding of their situation and what their options are while living in a safe environment. Contact with family and friends, where appropriate, is very important and every effort is made to encourage this. Some young people may return home after a few weeks but others will either move to live with extended family, family friends, foster carers or a long-term children's residential unit.

Residential care for children - frequently asked questions

This page was last updated on 16 September 2013