Chadersley Children's Home

Our children's home is in our premises in Walbottle on the top floor of the most southern part of the site.  There are five en suite children's rooms, two staff sleep-in rooms, a laundry, open plan kitchen lounge and a separate living room.  We are so lucky to have this semi-rural site with almost 8 acres of well kept gardens and ground for our children to use including all of the school facilities, the football pitch, the swings and play park equipment, trampolines and large yard.   We are close to all amenities and community resources yet enjoy seclusion and tranquility at the same time.    As a Trust, we pride ourselves in good quality services, including the care we provide for our young people, the standard of accommodation and surroundings, as well as high expectations for the children themselves.  Our aim is to give them a future filled with aspiration.

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Our Overall Purpose
Our overall purpose is to offer a high standard of care that is individually tailored to meet children and young people’s needs. Care which allows them the chance to have an open and honest learning environment, to promote their independence and life skills and to build positive relationships with adults in a safe, warm and nurturing family environment.” - Sophie Robinson, Registered Manager.                                           
A note from Deirdre Pearson, our Responsible Individual

At Chadersley, we want our children and young people to feel safe and secure and to enjoy their experiences with us. We aim to provide a family-like environment where the children and young people in our care can achieve positive outcomes for their future. We believe that with a dedicated support network all children and young people can thrive and fulfill their potential.  All of our children and young people are encouraged to play an active role in their care, we invite them to have a voice and share views and opinions. Children and young people at Chadersley will be supported with family contact, education, health, independence, life skills and therapy. Our passion is in the recognition and support of those who have suffered adverse childhood experiences and early life trauma as well as navigating the minefield of living in care.  Dedicated support workers build good relationships with families and professionals so we are able to work together to ensure we identify the best arrangements for good wellbeing all around.                 

The aims of the home are:

  • To provide security, stability and emotional support for our young people.

  • To offer high-quality residential care to young people, beyond the foundations of exemplary primary care.

  • The offer of a home which is as near to a family environment as is feasible and comfortable for our children and young people.

  • To offer accommodation to young people aged 7 to 18 on a flexible basis dependent upon their care needs.

  • To enable young people to achieve positive change in their lives.

In order to achieve these aims the following objectives have been set:

  • The creation of a warm, safe and welcoming environment.

  • The development of a multi-skilled, highly trained, experienced staff team.

  • The implementation of an effective key worker system.

  • Effective assessment and recording systems.

  • The promotion of positive relationships with all people involved in the welfare of the young person.

  • Enabling young people to move into the community with confidence and support with our "keep in touch" philosophy.

Here are some quotes from social workers and other professionals:

"Comprehensive Reports provided to reviews."

"The members of staff are nurturing and make good relationships with the children and young people."

"The children and young people are making good progress.  They all have settled education placements and are achieving well."

"Staff support the young people to practice their independent living skills."

OFSTED states … "material standards within the home are of extremely high quality. This reflects the level of care and planning which has gone into preparing the home to accommodate young people.”

A member of staff, when engaging a young person in their care planning wrote: "To help her engage more with me I asked her to help with my report, rather than asking for her views directly. She told me that she has been on a lot of activities, this is what she likes best about the home.  She talked a lot about the upcoming holiday and what she was looking forward to. She was almost packed and seemed very excited about it. I asked her "What is it you are looking forward to most about going on holiday?” She replied, “Spending time with the people I love.” This is such a wonderful sentiment and a reflection on the nurturing and strong relationships she has developed with staff."