Bromley Lodge

  • Registered: 2001
  • Registered Places: 2
  • DfE Education: Yes
  • Assessment/Therapy: Yes
  • Step Down Placements: Yes
  • Staff Ratio: 1:1

Bromley Lodge - A 'Good' children's home 


"Since the last inspection, one child has moved back to their family home. This followed a well-planned transition and work with the child and their family. One child has remained living at the home and is settled. Another child has come to live at the home and is making great progress. The children get along well, and staff affectionately reflect on how the atmosphere feels like a ‘family’.... 


[ ] ... Both children are attending school. There has been mixed progress for the children, with some difficulties managed by a reduced timetable. However, with collaborative working, this is now improving, and children’s attendance is increasing. There is good communication between the staff at the home and school staff and staff are keen to support children’s learning at home.


The children are generally healthy and are supported to attend routine appointments and annual medical reviews with the children’s nurse. Plans reflect children’s health goals and children are encouraged to make healthy choices. The registered manager makes specialist referrals when required and advocates for children to ensure that they get the support that they need.


There are strong relationships between children and staff built on trust, respect, boundaries and nurture. These relationships have supported children to flourish and make progress. For example, one child will now accept hugs and comfort from staff when previously they were unable to seek this in an appropriate way.


The staff ensure that children’s views are at the centre of their care and support. This includes completing important life-story work with one child, so that they understand their background. Staff also ensure that children are supported and advocated for when it comes to decisions about seeing their families."


Ofsted Inspection - March 2024 - Full report available by request

Residential Care

Bromley Lodge provides a nurturing, and safe environment for children on the Autistic Spectrum and / or those who present with mild to severe Emotional, Behavioural and Communication difficulties. The staff team are provided with a high level of training to specialise the care we provide the children within the home. 


The home provides an environment, specialised to meet the needs of the young people and is set up to adequately support them to develop at a pace they are comfortable with. The staff team provide the children with a secure base in which they can build the foundation of trusting relationships, this will also allow them to process the emotional and behavioural difficulties that have arisen from past trauma.


The staff team will provide a consistent and structured daily routine, using methods of communication that the children are familiar with. Staff provide the young people with a wide range of activities, that allow them to explore socials situations with other similar age and disability young people, as they build confidence they will be able to access a wider range of activities that they feel comfortable with. They environment is set up to meet sensory needs. This can be easily adopted to meet high or low arousal need as each child is unique and will require their individual needs met.


The overall ethos of Bromley Lodge is to ensure the children are provided with a warm and nurturing environment which provides more specialised care to meet the complex needs of the individual child. This will allow the young people to develop trusting relationships with the adults in the home which will support them to progress to their full potential with support from a staff team that fully understands how to meet their needs. The staff team will also work closely with families where appropriate, in order to build positive working relationships to provide the children with consistent care.


The home is directly affiliated to both our DfE registered, specialist SEMH 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

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