Residential care

Residential care

What a young person can expect from Netherton Park?

A young person who comes to live in one of the homes in Northumberland County Council children’s homes can expect to be well looked after in a homely and safe environment.

The staff team are diversely skilled and motivated to provide support and a welcoming atmosphere aimed at providing young people with the same life chances as peers outside of the looked after system.

Thornbrae, Kyloe House and Kestrel House provide a range of placements including secure care (Kyloe House). The homes are situated in a rural location with good access to local schools and leisure activities.

Young people coming to any of the homes will have an allocated link-workers dedicated to their case, link workers will  support the young person with any issues they may have, including past experiences or current problems. All homes are well equipped with sporting facilities, arts and crafts resources, games, consoles, DVDs, and all benefit from an indoor climbing wall.

Young people can also access specialised groups visiting to provide additional activities for example The Prince’s Trust, Connexions, Positive Futures and Artstone project. All homes strive to make links to outside agencies to provide opportunities for young people to learn and develop their skills and abilities.

All the homes are inspected by Ofsted, local councillors and the county council. All have access to independent advocacy provisions enabling advice and guidance to be sought from external agencies.

The homes at Netherton Park, Stannington and Thornbrae in Alnwick have received ‘Good’ judgements from Ofsted, all strive for excellence at all times.


Staff are trained to NVQ level 3 in Care of Children and Young People, all permanent staff are C.A.L.M trained which helps them manage challenging situations safely. The homes aim is to employ a diverse staff team ensuring young people can relate to a range of adults carers.

Partnership working

Staff aim to maintain strong links between professionals, family and young people ensuring a holistic approach to care is taken. The structure of the team and the ethos of the home supports respect for each other and encourages full participation from young people.

Living arrangements

Young people will have their own bed room and will be able to make choices on decoration for their room and living areas. Staff will encourage young people to look after their surrounding and respect the environment they live in.

Education and training

Young people will be encouraged and supported to attend their identified education placement, however if there is a reason they cannot attend staff will offer alternative educational experiences.

Other information

All staff try to ensure young people are listened to and feel valued when living in the homes. They will at all times strive to work with the young person’s social worker, parents and others to offer the best possible outcomes for the young person.