Welcome to Atkinson

“Staff have an in-depth understanding of each child’s needs.  This is informed in part by specialist input and assessment from the home’s therapeutic team.  The multi-disciplinary team has a good skill mix; it is made up of staff who work well together.  Collectively, the staff offer a range of interventions tailored to improve the children’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.” OFSTED 2019


“Care practice is informed by Secure Stairs, and staff are supported through a further therapeutic model.  Consequently, staff develop their understanding of the children’s behaviour and development and the impact of previous childhood experiences.  These models of care are well embedded in practice.  Staff help children, including those who have the most complex needs, to make good progress from their starting points in relation to their emotional health and self-esteem.” OFSTED 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 children’s 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 criminal placements via the Youth Justice Board.

Darren Beattie – Registered Manager

What's new?

Bullying awareness

Following on from some successful Equality and Diversity work, our students took part in a Bullying Awareness course.  Over two sessions, some excellent discussions took place around bullying and its impact on others.  The work was followed up with a … Continue reading

Atkinson Art in County Hall

Jo Olsson, Chief Officer for Children’s Services, has received three pieces of artwork created by young people at the Atkinson Home.  The artwork is based on the screen print portraits of pop artist Andy Warhol and the graphic design work … Continue reading

A greener Atkinson

The Atkinson Home will soon have two Scotty Hot Boxes, made possible as a result of a generous grant provided by The Naturesave Trust (http://naturesave.co.uk/the-naturesave-trust/).  Through the daily running of the Home, there is an amount of waste that can … Continue reading