Welcome to Atkinson

We are delighted to have received a glowing Ofsted report after their recent inspection in October 2019.  The inspectors said that each young person feels ‘safe and secure’ and receives ‘good quality individualised care’.  The Ofsted team rated educational outcomes, safeguarding, leadership and the progress of the young people as ‘good’.  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 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