Children in care

When children can’t continue to live at home, we have to find them alternative accommodation. Some we place in foster care; others we place in children's homes, depending on the child’s age and their individual needs.

Before we place any child, we’ll carry out an assessment of their needs and consider whether one of their relatives or maybe a friend of their family is able and willing to look after them.

Children’s homes in Barnsley

If we place a child in residential care, they’ll live in one of our children’s homes, where they’ll learn how to look after themselves ready for adulthood.

We have two children’s homes in Barnsley:

  • one is specifically for young people who are in year 10 and above at school
  • the other offers accommodation to young people from 10 to 18 years of age

Both homes are open every day of the year for children who need medium to long term accommodation.

Neither accepts young people in an emergency and parents don’t have direct access to their service. A social worker must arrange the child’s placement after carrying out an assessment of their needs. It takes at least a week from the time a child is referred to us to them being placed in a children’s home.

To protect the children in our care, the homes don’t publish their contact details.

Who runs our children’s homes

Each home has a manager who has a social work and management qualification and all other staff (assistant manager, senior residential support workers and residential support workers) must, as a minimum, have NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care.

Our children’s homes are domestic size properties offering a very positive and caring environment for all children and young people. The managers and staff teams work closely with young people to make sure they take full advantage of all services and activities that are appropriate for them.

Some young people leave the children’s home to go back home, while others are supported to live independently.

Making sure our homes offer high quality care

Children’s homes have to meet required standards of care for the children who live there. These are known as the National Minimum Standards for Children’s Homes, published by the Department of Health in 2001. They were introduced as part of the Care Standards Act 2000.

There are 32 standards that children’s homes are expected to reach. Twice a year, Ofsted inspects every home to check how well they’re run. After the inspection, Ofsted writes a report, highlighting what the homes do well and what they need to improve.


Statement of purpose

For each of our homes, we have to provide a statement of purpose. This sets out how the homes will work and the services they’ll provide.

We also have to produce a young person’s guide to give to young people before they move into the homes.

The guide explains how the home is run and tells young people who to contact if they’re worried about something.

We update the statement of purpose and the young person’s guide every year.