A beautiful home with a clear focus on therapeutic support and providing an environment as close as possible to a family home where young people can enjoy positive experiences. The Grange is a residential care home sent in a semi-rural location that has been chosen carefully for children and young people aged 10 – 17 with social, emotional and mental health issues which may impact on their behavior. Support is provided by an extensively experienced and diverse staff team and every activity and intervention is planned around the individual needs of the young person.
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 near 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 can 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 where this is felt to be the most appropriate outcome.
- 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 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, to provide a continuity and consistency of care that will benefit the child or young person.
Capacity to Protect Assessments can be carried out by 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 with input from the 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.
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 may 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.
The home transports young people to and from its own independent school, ID academy. (please refer to the website for extensive details about the school)
“The staff team has high aspirations for children and as a result educational outcomes continually improve” Ofsted full inspection 10th May 2018
15-year-old girl – F, September 2018
‘I have lived at The Grange for just over a year now and to me, it’s my home. From the day I arrived, the staff have done everything they can to support me and make me feel safe. I can completely be myself around them…. it’s just like a big family. In this past year, I have grown so much as a person, which I have The Grange to thank for. They have helped me through the bad times and the good. Living here, I finally feel like I have a voice. They always have my back and make the right decisions for me. I really couldn’t be happier anywhere else.’
For further information please contact Robert Medcalf, Registered Manager.