Howard House Care

CLINICAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY

Howard House Residential Home


Howard House is a therapeutic home with a clear model of psychologically informed practice which is based on the use of relationships. We believe that professional residential care which is clearly designed and delivered, is the perfect method of intervention with some young people.

Our practice is underpinned by core therapeutic values which have been developed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists quality improvement network Community of Communities. Building on these values, we apply evidenced based practice and support using a variety of psychological and therapeutic models as appropriate to each young person. Within this framework, our approach to caring is that we accept totally the rights, feelings and individuality of each young person and be responsive to them and at the same time, will support the young people to develop their sense of responsibility to themselves and others.


We believe it is never too late to be able to turn yourself around and achieve anything you wish to given the right level of commitment, dedication, perseverance, planning and support and “never give up on your goals”. Within Howard House this philosophy is carried through in practice by offering the young people the opportunity to experience and to be challenged by a wide range of leisure activities and excursions that promote social skills, team spirit and personal development.

At Howard House we believe that wherever possible children and young people are best placed within a family.


We recognise that this is not always possible and that living in a children’s home can be an appropriate

alternative and for some young people it can be and should be a place of choice. We believe that professionally

delivered residential care is a clear model of intervention, and support for young people with complex needs.


Therefore at Howard House our objectives are to:


  • Provide the opportunity for children and young people to build trusting relationships with a wide and varied range of positive role models.
  • Offer a semi-rural therapeutic, psychologically informed environment where emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs can be met.
  • Provide clear care, placement and therapeutic plans for young people throughout their placement and both encourage and support young people to have an active part in the process.
  • Support young people to enable them to understand their emotions and how these are linked to their challenging and risky behaviour. In doing this, we can teach them new coping strategies and new ways of behaving that will allow them to engage more fully and successfully in society.
  • Promote positive contact and help build relationships and attachments between young people, family members and significant people in their lives in accordance with their needs and wishes as reflected in the individual care plan.
  • Work in partnership with families, professionals and agencies and promote true multi-disciplinary working to ensure a high standard of care.

PHILOSOPHY & ETHOS

We have an integrated clinical psychological service which assists staff in developing plans for the care of our young people. This provides a clinical governance to our care planning and risk assessment which is then supported in practice through systemic consultation. This evidenced based approach is recommended and approved by NICE. 

Our professional residential staff are not trained in any specific therapeutic techniques. The Psychologist does however support staff with the development and application of various strategies that can help our young people and these are closely monitored and evaluated. The Psychologist provides training and supervision for staff, the aim of which will be to develop a rich understanding of the young person, their behaviour, relationships and general functioning.

The theoretical models and approaches used will draw on evidence based interventions including the use of cognitive behavioural therapy, attachment theory, systemic theory, psychodynamic approaches and the use of creative/play techniques as appropriate. The Clinical Psychologist is fully trained and qualified to Doctorate level to deliver this work with and through the team.

The Psychologist is also available to undertake a wide range of cognitive and other psychological assessments, tests and measures to address the young person’s difficulties and behavioural issues.

We are registered with OFSTED to accommodate up to eight young people, of either sex, between the ages of 10 and 17. Surrounded by farmland and set within three acres of private grounds, Howard House is a large stone built detached building. 

Externally the grounds include a play area for the young people which includes a five side pitch and volley ball area, a large vegetable patch, manicured gardens, lawns and an orchard.

Although we are set in a quite a rural location in South Northumberland, the nearest town of Bedlington is only a twenty minute walk away with good local facilities and excellent transport links to Newcastle upon Tyne (15miles) and North Tyneside (8miles).Get In Touch With Us