Welcome to Atkinson

“We help children and young people to manage their emotions.


“We provide a safe and secure home for up to 10 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?

New exciting facilities – improving Atkinson

To improve the living environment in our home, we currently have several facility projects underway. The aim is complete them all by summer 2016. Find out what these include... Continue reading

Koestler Awards

This year, there were over 8,500 entries and there are only 190 artworks chosen for the exhibition, so to have seven pieces of art selected from one centre is an amazing achievement. Continue reading

Why are we using Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy?

We have recognised that most of our children and young people have experienced some form of trauma which affects their emotional and social development. As a result we have to ensure our staff have the knowledge and skills to manage our children therapeutically. … Continue reading