Residential care for children

This page provides information on residential care for children and 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
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.

Placements within Coanwood are exclusively for Northumberland children and young people.

Useful information on Coanwood

The following documents are available from Coanwood using the contact information below.

Coanwood - Statement of Purpose
Coanwood - Children and Young People's Handbook
Coanwood - Parent/Carer Handbook

Contact Information
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.

Placements within Phoenix House are exclusively for Northumberland children and young people.

A Statement of Purpose for Phoenix House is available by contacting Phoenix House using the Contact Information below.

Contact Information
Thorndale House children’s home 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.

Placements within Thorndale House are exclusively for Northumberland children and young people.

Useful information on Thorndale House

The following documents are available from Thorndale House by using the contact information below.

Thorndale - Statement of Purpose
Thorndale - Children and Young People's Handbook
Thorndale - Parent/Carer Handbook

Contact Information
Barndale short-break service uses the residential accommodation of Barndale School to provide 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.

The following documents and more information about Barndale short break service are available by using the contact information below.

Barndale - Statement of Purpose
Barndale - Children and Young People's Handbook
Barndale - Parent/Carer Handbook
Barndale - Closure Dates
Barndale - Barndale anti bullying policy.

 

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