Welcome to Atkinson

We are delighted to have received another ‘good’ judgement from Ofsted which we have achieved consecutively for five years.  This demonstrates that Atkinson consistently delivers good quality of care and strives to continually improve practice, enabling better outcomes for children and young people.  The inspectors said that each young person feels ‘safe and secure’ and receives ‘good quality individualised care’.  Staff are highly motivated and dedicated, and the children are listened to and fully involved in their care planning.   Each young person is given opportunities to express their needs and to explain what is important to them and to make contributions towards their own futures and to life in the home.  Ofsted, October 2019

About us

We believe that all children and young people who have experienced abuse should be supported by professionals who fully understand the impact of trauma emotionally, socially and physically.   We are committed to delivering therapeutic holistic interventions through trauma informed practice.

We have been specialising in the welfare needs of young people for over 30 years and young people are placed with us due to either having a history of absconding or are likely to abscond, likely to suffer significant harm or likely to injure themselves or others.

Our home provides a nurturing and caring atmosphere which develops young people’s confidence and self-esteem. All staff are trained in attachment, trauma and restorative approaches enabling us to effectively manage behaviour and  repair relationships.

What type of secure children’s home is Atkinson?

We are a national purpose-built secure children’s home managed by Devon County Council providing full residential care, healthcare and education on site in dedicated facilities. Our home can accommodate up to 10 young people who are aged between 10 and 17 years and accommodated under section 25 of the Children Act 1989.

There are 14 secure children’s homes in England and Wales.  Seven of them are welfare-only (where children and young people are placed in security for their own welfare by their local council and the court).  The remaining secure children’s homes are for sentenced young people via the Youth Custody Service. 

Darren Beattie – Registered Manager

What's new?

Trauma Informed Practice for Children & Young People

As a result of funding from NHS England and the integrated framework internally known as ‘Secure Stairs’, Atkinson has led the development of level 3/4 qualification (Certificate and Diploma) which is being accredited through NCFE.  Atkinson will be the approved … Continue reading

Raising awareness about radicalisation risks

Safer Devon has launched a public facing communications campaign to raise awareness about the risks of radicalisation and, in particular, the role the internet often plays in that process.   A short film has been produced for this campaign – … Continue reading

Atkinson refurbishments

For the last 12 months, staff at the home have been in discussions with various design agencies with a view to refurbishing the home.  After a competitive tendering exercise, a generous DFE grant and engagement with our young people so … Continue reading