Durham House

Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (Boys)

  • Registered: 2001
  • Registered Places: 3
  • Age Group: 9-17
  • Gender: Boys
  • DfE Education: Yes
  • Assessment/Therapy: Yes
  • Step Down Placements: Yes
  • Staff Ratio: 2:3

Durham House - A 'Good' Children's Home


“Children enjoy living at this home and benefit from a caring and supportive atmosphere where they can develop a sense of permanence and belonging. Staff know the children well and recognise the potential and strengths of each child. As a result, children feel that they matter and that their well-being is important to the staff, who care for them and about them.

Staff are sensitive and responsive to the individual needs of the children. Staff recognise the importance of responding to the children’s developmental and emotional stage rather than chronological age. Consequently, the children are helped to develop at the right pace for them and build trusted and secure relationships with staff."

Ofsted Inspection - January 2019 - Full report available by request

Residential Care

Durham House is located in the Palm Bay area of Margate within a 5-minute walk of family beaches, cycle paths and stretching cliff top lawns. Margate provides the range of amenities associated with forward thinking towns and offers an abundance of open spaces utilised for sport, leisure and recreation. Following considerable investment in the town, Margate is quickly becoming recognised as a centre of excellence for art and culture.


The young people residing at Durham House engage in a 24-hour curriculum designed to promote resilience, self-identity and independence. The home provides a safe, structured and consistent environment where each young person has a individualised placement plan tailored to meet their specific needs.


The manager and staff team endorse an inclusive, supportive ethos and through positive interaction and appropriate role modelling develop trusting relationships with the children and young people they care for. As a consequence, mutually respectful relationships develop between young people and the staff team which emulates, as closely as possible, a close knit family environment.




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 AQA. In addition, young people can study towards City & Guilds NPTC vocational awards in a range of work related subjects, including: building trades, vehicle maintenance, craft skills, art and design, design and technology and horticulture.

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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