The purpose of our home and school is to provide a holistic, nurturing and caring environment to meet the emotional, physical, psychological and social needs of young people. We provide integrated psychological support from our clinical psychologist to help us find the best ways of intervening in the lives of vulnerable young people. Individually tailored care plans will be implemented in order to help young people address their needs.
The home can provide medium to long term care to our young people who are likely to have social, emotional, behavioural or some mild learning difficulties/disabilities. We recognise there may be occasion where a young person requires care and accommodation beyond 18. On occasions a period of planned extended stay will be considered and if appropriate will be offered to the young person.
We believe that wherever possible children and young people benefit from living within a family. However, we recognise that this is not always possible and that living in a residential home can be an appropriate alternative and for some young people. We believe that professionally delivered residential care can be a clear and appropriate model of intervention and support for young people with complex needs.
Accommodation Provided at Howard House
Surrounded by farmland and set within three acres of private secluded grounds, Howard House is a large stone built detached building. Although we are set in a quiet rural location in South Northumberland, the nearest town of Bedlington is only a fifteen-minute walk with good local facilities and excellent transport links to Newcastle upon Tyne (12 miles) and North Tyneside (8miles) areas.
The house is maintained to a high standard of decoration throughout with involvement from our young people where choices of paint colours and furnishings etc are included. There are also opportunities to gain experience in gardening, DIY maintenance, growing vegetables, and bush craft.
The young people have planned and created a pond and an area to keep chickens. All these activities have positive meaningful outcomes and show how young people can make a contribution and investment to their environment.
We have been established for thirteen years and consider the area and the facilities we provide to be nothing less than excellent for the development of any child placed with us.
Accommodation at Howard House will be provided for children and young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years and residents can be of mixed gender. There will be up to eight places available as a maximum occupancy. We do not intend to accommodate children who are physically disabled but consideration will be given at the point of referral, in respect of learning disabilities/difficulties.
Each child will have their own bedroom, decorated to a high standard and well equipped. We encourage and work with young people to decorate and choose furnishings for their room to make it their space. These bedrooms allow for privacy and individual space for the young people and within each bedroom there is a lockable safe where young people can place personal items. There is the possibility in one of the largest bedrooms for a young person to share the room with their sibling if this is appropriate.
The building is divided into two sections, the school and the home and careful thought has been given to the layout and use of our building and grounds to create a nurturing environment in which our young people can live and thrive. The physical environment plays a significant factor in communicating our underpinning values of care, structure and nurture to both staff and young people.
Externally, the grounds include a play area for the young people which includes; a five a side football pitch and volley ball area, a large vegetable patch, manicured gardens, lawns and an orchard. There is also a flat where young people can learn independent living skills and help in the transition process. The flat has one bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room.
In the main area of the house there is a large spacious lounge, a study area and a games room with snooker table. The large kitchen is furbished to a very high standard and as in most homes; is the heart of the home.
Work has recently been completed within the grounds and additional extra vocational workshops have been created. These areas now provide space for the young people to experience subjects such as painting and decorating, woodwork and plastering.
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We believe that wherever possible children and young people benefit from living within a family. However, we recognise that this is not always possible and that living in a residential home can be an appropriate alternative and for some young people.
E-Safety is important to us at Howard House. The current generation of young people live most of their life online and we think this will only increase over time.
With this in mind we've created a page dedicated to E-Safety and our policy towards it.