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Atkinson Secure Children’s Home
Devon County Council
helping young people to understand and manage their emotions
"When I arrived at Atkinson, I didn't care about my future but now that's all I think about. I wouldn't have got my life sorted without all of your help. Thank you."
ES aged 15
"When I was shown around, there was artwork on the walls and comfy seats; this changed my opinion of the home."
LK aged 15
"Although I felt nervous when I arrived, I like it now and I'm more relaxed because it's calm and quiet."
AM aged 13
"My three-month-stay at the Atkinson has saved my life and has helped me to make a new start to a clean and healthy lifestyle."
DB aged 16
"Now I'm leaving, I'm feeling like a different person. l had great support - thank you for being a brilliant influence in my life."
JG aged 17
"Thank you for helping me as much as you could even do I was hard to work with at times. I loved the therapy dogs and I also learned me a lot about gardening. Thank you for supporting me."
AW aged 16
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