Residential care for children

Residential care for children

This page provides information on residential care for children and young people.

Residential care for children & young people

Northumberland County Council offers a range of residential services for children and young people who cannot live at home, either for long or short periods.

Our secure children’s home facility, Kyloe House, is available to support children and young people from across the UK.

Ofsted rated all our homes as 'outstanding' or 'good.'

There are a total of 23 places in Northumberland, across four residential homes, to suit the different needs of children and young people.

Through a committed and well-trained staff team, Northumberland County Council aims to provide a stable environment which supports young people, their rights and needs while encouraging them to make positive choices to reach their potential.

The Northumberland County Council portfolio of children’s homes offers:

  • a range of placement choice for your young people
  • reduced rates for local authorities, with block contract options in Kyloe House
  • wider education and support packages
  • positive outcomes achieved for young people
  • a healthy eating philosophy

Kyloe House secure children's home
Coanwood children’s home
Coanwood, in Cramlington, provides residential care for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. The home provides placements for up to four young people of either gender.

The age range on admission is 10 to 15, with young people living in the home up to the age of 17. The length of the placement depends on meeting the identified care plan and ongoing needs of the young person.

The home is a smaller community children’s home, which offers an improved family-style living experience.

Coanwood endeavours to provide a safe environment for all residents, meeting their requirements through individually tailored packages, addressing their presenting risks and/or social needs.

Useful information on Coanwood
Please click the links below for full contact details and to find out more about Coanwood:
Coanwood statement of purpose
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Coanwood parents - carer's handbook July 2014.pdf
Coanwood YP handbook 06 06 14.pdf

Placements within Coanwood are exclusively for Northumberland children and young people.
Phoenix House children’s home
Phoenix House is located on the St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy Campus, Bedlington.

Phoenix House provides placements for three young people between 10 to 15 on admission. The length of the placement depends on meeting the identified care plan and ongoing needs of the young person.

The home is a smaller community children’s home, which offers an improved family style living experience for young people.

Phoenix House endeavours to provide a safe environment for its residents, meeting their requirements to address their presenting risks and/or social needs.

Please click the link below for full contact details and to find out more about Phoenix House: Placements within Phoenix House are exclusively for Northumberland children and young people.
Thorndale children's home
Thorndale House children’s home is situated in a residential street, close to the amenities of the market town of Alnwick. It provides accommodation for up to four children, between the ages of six to twelve on admission, who have had considerable trauma in their early years.

Young people live in the home up to the age of seventeen. Thorndale House provides a positive care environment which is based on a “good parenting” and social learning theory to meet the needs of young children.

Useful information on Thorndale
Please click the links below for full contact details and to find out more about Thorndale: Placements within Thorndale are exclusively for Northumberland children and young people.
Barndale short-break service
Barndale short-break service uses the residential accommodation of Barndale School.  The facility is situated in the market town of Alnwick, approximately 20 miles from Newcastle.

The service provides a short-break resource for up to six young people at a time, providing a service for more than 20 children in total. Those using the service are aged between six and 17 years old and may have a moderate to severe learning disability. 

Due to the structure of the building, Barndale short-break service is unable to provide a service to those with a physical disability. However, there is a lower floor day care service with wheelchair access open twice a month.
 
The service is open for 44 weekends of the year and some school holidays. Referrals to the scheme are via the disabled children’s team.

Please click the links below for full contact details and to find out more about Barndale short break service:

Useful documents: Ofsted inspection reports:  

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