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



“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 Home Manager

What's new?

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

Jack and the Beanstalk

Throughout December, the Atkinson students have been to see the pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter.  This trip is an integral part of the English curriculum, incorporating a range of skills – listening, following storylines, … Continue reading