Contact us

Atkinson is located in Exeter, Devon, in the south west of England. The thriving city, surrounded by the idyllic countryside, along with local coastal resorts, offers young people numerous opportunities to undertake recreational, educational, leisure and sporting activities on agreed ‘mobilities’ when they are approved to go on trips outside the home.

Our local beaches and Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are all great therapeutic settings. We also regularly take advantage of adventure parks, outdoor centres, zoos, and a number of other children’s activities centres that allow children to be children.

All these trips are planned and take into account the individual needs of the young people in our care and their individual care plans. Every trip outside the home is risk assessed and escorted by staff.

Call us on 01392 457999 or email us at

How to get here

Atkinson is set on the outskirts of Exeter within easy reach of the mainline train station and just next to Junction 29 of the M5 motorway.

Travel time from London Paddington by train is approximately two hours and 20 minutes to Exeter St David’s station. Travel time by car from Bristol is approximately one hour.

Atkinson Secure Children’s Home
Atkinson Close
Beacon Lane

Visiting times

Visiting times are Monday to Friday 3.30 to 8.00 pm, and weekends and holidays 9.00 am to 8.00 pm. Visits are usually up to two hours, but we can be flexible depending on circumstances. 

All visits have to be arranged and you will need to call us on 01392 457999 to book your visit in advance and let us know who will be coming. Download a map of directions to the Atkinson home.

More information about visits can be found here.


There is parking around and near the Atkinson Home.