Balmoral House

Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (Boys)

  • Registered: 2001
  • Registered Places: 3
  • Age Group: 8-14
  • Gender: Boys
  • DfE Education: Yes
  • Assessment/Therapy: Yes
  • Step Down Placements: Yes
  • Staff Ratio: 2:3

Balmoral House - A 'Good' Children's Home


"The children develop strong feelings of belonging and attachment to the home and to the adults who care for them. Emotional and behavioural difficulties subside, and children become settled; their ability to trust and build positive relationships grows and they feel increasingly safe and secure. Children say that staff listen to them and care

about them.
The children engage fully in their learning because they feel settled and secure. They
make noteworthy academic progress and develop aspirations for the future. This
happens largely due to carers affirming the children’s abilities and talents, wanting the
best for them and expecting them to achieve. Staff also maintain close contact with
The high standard of care that the adults provide stimulates the children to explore and
develop their interests and special abilities. Staff and peers celebrate the children’s extracurricular and academic progress and achievements.
The care and nurturing of the children are highly personalised, and their individual
differences are celebrated. Staff talk about the children with care, understanding and
affection. The positive relationships and stability in the home provide the children with
the emotional safeness to revisit past difficulties that may contribute to current
challenges to their progress and well-being.
Staff pay close attention to the health needs of the children and access specialist care for
them when necessary. The home environment has a family feel and the children speak
with satisfaction and enthusiasm about their shared mealtimes together with staff."

Ofsted Inspection - January 2020 - Full report available by request

Residential Care

Balmoral House is registered to provide residential care to three boys aged between 8 and 14. However, we will restrict the age range appropriately at the time of each vacancy to ensure effective matching with the other young people sharing the home.


The primary focus of Balmoral House is to work with younger boys who have experienced multiple previous placement breakdowns and/or childhood trauma and are in need a period of emotional stability and professional intervention. Placement goals are often a phased return to the family home or a family foster placement. In some cases, it is deemed by the professionals with case responsibility that a young person will have their needs better met in a residential placement on a longer-term basis. This may be due to the young person not wishing to make the emotional investment necessary in a foster placement, or that their presenting concerns would be too demanding for a foster carer to manage on a 24/7 basis.


No matter what goals are identified in individual care plans, the aim of the home is to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which children and young people can maximise their full potential.


Balmoral House is located close to Margate's popular harbour area, family beaches, parks and coastal paths, providing a range of local age appropriate amenities and activity opportunities for children and young people throughout the year.


The staff team at Balmoral House are experienced in working with children and young people presenting with a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) and adopt a positive re-parenting approach, focussing on the development of mutually trusting and respectful relationships, together with unconditional positive regard for the staff team and young people alike. The team have a developed understanding of behaviour being a form of communication and employ strategies to identify the underlying reasons for behaviour so that it can be modified accordingly.


The home is directly affiliated to both our DfE registered, specialist SEBD schools: The Davenport Primary School and The Old Priory Secondary School.


The respective school and the home work in close partnership to ensure continuity in respect of learning support, achieving developmental goals and behaviour management.


The Davenport School (Key Stage 2: 7-11yrs) offers a differentiated curriculum in order to meet the individual learning needs of each young person. The school operates with small group settings where children are closely supported and supervised by a qualified teacher and learning support assistants.


The Old Priory School (Key Stages 3 & 4: 11 – 16yrs) offers the national curriculum allowing for GCSE study in essential subject areas, alongside alternative, differentiated curriculums, including ASDAN and City & Guilds NPTC vocational awards, both of which lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

Assessment & Therapy

Children and young people residing in our care have access to a range of assessment and therapy services including:

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychotherapy
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Play Therapy

All therapy referrals are overseen by the organisation’s dedicated Therapy Services Manager in consultation with the allocated social worker and other key stakeholders as appropriate.


Our assessment and therapy services are an inclusive element of our residential care provision and attract no additional funding requirement.

Health Support

In addition to our therapy services and panel of consultants, each of our homes have direct access to a health promotions worker and, in the event of any significant health concerns arising, oversight from a registered, dual diagnosis nurse. This ensures effective, professional guidance in respect of health profiling, together with the immediate and ongoing health needs of each individual child and young person placed in our care.

Statement of Purpose

Balmoral House | Statement of Purpose
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During the current pandemic there are understandable concerns around children residing in social care and the ability of social care organisations to provide continuity of service.


Based on all available government advice and guidance, and following a review of our current resources, Ethelbert Children’s Services have shared a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan (BCP) with each of its local authority partners and relevant regulatory bodies.


At this time, we do not foresee any significant difficulties in providing ongoing residential care and/or fostering services.


As new information and guidance becomes available, will be reviewing our BCP and updating our partners accordingly.


Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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