The Grange

A beautiful home environment with a clear focus on therapeutic support leading to reunification

The Grange is a residential care home set in a semi-rural location that has been chosen carefully for children and young people aged 8 – 17 with social, emotional and challenging behaviours. Support is provided in a safe and secure homely environment where every activity and treatment is planned around people’s needs.

The service provides a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment, in which children and young people displaced from families can be reunified to their birth family or long-term foster care placement within 18 months of admission, using a multi-systemic approach of intervention, embracing the best working practices.

Accommodation and location

The Grange is a beautiful four bedroomed, detached property, set in half an acre of grounds on the outskirts of the village of Annfield Plain, which lies in close proximity to Durham, Gateshead and Newcastle. The property is ideally located to benefit from some of the most beautiful countryside and coastal landscapes in Britain.

The whole ambiance of The Grange (décor, furniture and accessories) is designed to encourage warmth and stability, within a carefully planned structure, where clear boundaries will be respectively set to ensure all children and young people have the opportunity to live in a safe environment and to experience and discover a sense of their own growth.


  • Achieve reunification to the family or long term foster placement as safely and quickly as possible. Children and young people, at times, are unable to live with their birth families for a variety of reasons including for their protection from harm.
  • Provide opportunities for each young person to learn, grow and make informed choices about their future, whilst offering an environment in which they can take time to repair and move forward from bad experiences in their life.
  • Provide a physically and emotionally supportive residential environment within established boundaries.
  • Respect and dignity for each and every individual regardless of their race, gender, cultural background or ability.
  • An ethos and atmosphere that is conducive to personal growth, whilst taking all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of harm to self or others.
  • A caring, nurturing and stimulating environment that enables children and young people to reach their potential, building on strengths and celebrating individual achievement.
  • A safe environment, free from abuse in its many forms, including bullying and any behaviour that is disrespectful of the individual or groups of individuals or their family or community.
  • Individual Education packages for each young person, which will both aid the reparative process and will offer them the chance to maximise their future life choices.
  • A framework of support in which the child or young person can be brought to confront the meaning and significance of their behaviour, thereby opening up the possibility of change.
  • A working partnership with each child or young person in co-operation with other agencies, in order to provide a continuity and consistency of care that will benefit the child or young person.


Clinical Support

Capacity to Protect Assessments will be carried out by the team with guidance and supervision from the Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience in this area. This work will take place where there are identified risks of abuse to the child or young person from their parent or carer. The psychologist and staff team will undertake a Capacity to Protect Intervention Plan to determine, if the appropriate levels of intervention are in place, a child or young person could return to the family setting or an alternative family setting (long term foster care).  The psychologist can help to explore with the child or young person and staff team why behavioural difficulties and risk taking behaviour occurs (functional analysis) and will have input into the development of Positive Behaviour Support Plans and Risk Enabling Assessments. Some children and young people will work directly with the psychologist in relation to ongoing family work for reunification.

A psychiatrist will also offer advice and guidance in relation to the mental health needs of children and young people in placement and will offer advice around any medication regime a young person may be subject to. Some children and young people may be assessed by our psychiatrist, if requested by the local authority.

The clinicians will visit the home on a regular basis to work with young people where appropriate and to provide consultative services with the staff team. The clinicians will discuss with staff any issues that are of concern but, more importantly, will work with children, young people and staff to develop strategies to help them understand their behaviour and work towards reducing incidents of aggression or potential risk to themselves and others. Clinicians will also work closely with parents/carers, foster carers and social workers to develop strategies for successful re-unification planning.

Transitional Phase Support

We provide a range of tailored support packages for families and foster carers to improve the success of returns. Transitional support services include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Family Support Worker
  • 24 hour telephone support, advice and guidance
  • Planned respite
  • Emergency respite provision
  • Joint work and training with foster carers throughout the transitional phase

For further information please contact Robert Medcalf, Registered Manager.

Mobile: 07487876609

Telephone: 01207232953


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