Welcome to Atkinson

Please leave a comment here  – we would like to know what we did well and the areas we may need to work on. If Atkinson has been your home or you have come to visit a friend or relative we’d love to hear about your experience.


“We are helping young people to understand and manage their emotions.


“We provide a safe and secure home for up to 12 young people aged 10-17. Young people stay with us on a temporary basis when they are experiencing crisis in their lives because they are placing themselves and others at risk, or have a history of absconding from previous placements.


“We offer positive intensive support to each young person, giving them opportunities to develop to their full potential. And we reduce their risk so they can return to a positive lifestyle in the community.”

Darren Beattie, Atkinson Manager

What's new?

100 years on – women’s art trail

To commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage, the Koestler Trust is producing an art trail of Koestler Award-winning artworks.  The idea is simple but powerful: to exhibit 100 framed paintings, drawings, sculptures and poems by women from secure units in … Continue reading

Official opening of the new building

On Thursday 4 January 2018, Baroness Butler-Sloss and Richard Edgell, Vice-Chair of Devon County Council formally opened our new purpose-built suite of offices. The building took nearly a year to complete at a cost of £1.2 million. Continue reading

The Supreme Court Exhibition – Koestler Awards 2017

STORY TIME is an exhibition curated by the Koestler Trust in collaboration with Victim Support, at the invitation of the UK Supreme Courts Arts Trust.  The exhibition explores the creative ways in which stories can be told through visual means. … Continue reading