Harold House

  • Registered: 2006
  • Registered Places: 6
  • DfE Education: Yes
  • Assessment/Therapy: Yes
  • Step Down Placements: Yes
  • Staff Ratio: 4:6

Harold House - A Good Children's Home 


"The atmosphere in the home is that of a family home. Children make continuous progress through the warm and nurturing relationship s they have with the adults who care for them. Children's views and needs are held central to how the home is decorated, organised and run. Social workers are highly complimentary of the progress children make and the approach the adults take to ensure that the children thrive in the home.


Children are confident in their surroundings.They excitedly approach the adults to
play games, help them or tell them what they are thinking about. During the inspection children enjoyed pumpkin carving and baking cakes as part of a bake off. This was followed by a celebratory hot chocolate after the activities, to recognise that all had tried hard in the baking competition.
All children attend local schools full ti e, including those owned and run by the organisation, and specialist independent or mainstream schools in the community. Children speak positively about attending school. Strong joint working between adults and education professionals means there is a consistent approach and children have the education placement that is right for them both academically and emotionally.
Children maintain relationships with their family and friends where appropriate, with
the adults supporting and facilitating family time often travelling long distances. Adults ensure that children are prepared and ready to see their families and share appropriate information with families.
Children's physical and emotional health and well being is well managed through
joint working with the organisation's specialist workers and therapists in addition to
support and advice from child and adolescent mental health services, and other key
medical professionals . Children are helped to understand healthy lifestyles and what
this means for them. They have freshly made meals and enjoy a wide range of
physically and emotionally stimulating act ivities. Medication is suitably stored and

Ofsted Inspection - October 2023 - Full report available by request

Residential Care

Harold House provides a warm safe nurturing environment to six young children who have behavioural and mild learning difficulties, together with differing forms of emotional trauma.


As a team of well-trained and dedicated adults we are able to provide the children placed within the home with a high level of consistent ‘parental’ care which supports the children to once more begin to trust, feel safe and come to terms with some of the reasons that they are being ‘looked after’. This work is carried out by a team of adults who fully understand that the children are emotionally very young and have suffered separation and loss. During their time spent at Harold House the children are given the time and space to grow and develop in their own time and at a pace that they appear to be comfortable with.


Since early 2014 we have consistently worked with younger children. During this time we have been able to provide each child with a high level of individual care which is tailored to their particular needs and requirements as outlined in their care plans. This has supported some of our children to be able to move on successfully to their identified foster families.


Our aim within Harold House is to provide each child placed with a high level of ‘parental’ nurturing care within an environment that is warm, vibrant and safe. Children almost always respond to by demonstrating significant changes in their behaviour.


All adults currently caring for the children within the home fully understand that the positive’ parental’ relationships that we are able to develop within the home are paramount when endeavouring to meet the ever changing needs of the children. It is these developing relationships that begin to form the foundations for the children to begin to feel safe, secure and healthy, assisting them to grow, develop and achieve socially and educationally.


During their placement the children are supported to feel safe and secure within the home by the implementation of firm but fair boundaries alongside a consistent structured daily routine.

During their time spent within Harold House the children are afforded a high level of adult support throughout their placement. All adults working with young children fully understand that the children placed are not always able to recognise their emotions or how to process and communicate or express themselves in a more constructive appropriate and socially acceptable way. However by providing the children with positive experiences, supporting them to develop their own confidence and self-esteem, assisting them to begin to understand and recognise their own emotions. We begin to experience children that are able to speak up, know they will be listened to, fully engage in their placement and contribute to their own care and the home that they reside in.


For some of our children the aim of their placement is to identify suitable foster carers and enable them to make the positive transition into their new home. Both the adults and the children within the home work closely together to achieve this and are able to recognise the time when the ‘window of opportunity’ opens for each child. This occurs after they have been able to fully accept the ‘parental’ support which has been consistently provided to them which has assisted them to feel confident in themselves, what they have achieved and can manage their own behaviour clearly demonstrating that we have succeeded together to make a transition achievable.


Most of the aims outlined above are met by the ethos of the home which is firmly based under the umbrella of ‘play’. Due to the apparent emotional ages and the diverse individual needs of the children placed within the home the adults encourage and support the children to begin to experience ‘play’ as this is something that most of our children have missed out on. This involves the adults engaging with the/alongside the children to enrich the ‘play ‘experience and to teach the skills required to be able to do this. Through ‘play’ we are able to support the children to enjoy and achieve, to socialise, to share, recognise feelings and develop their own self-esteem and confidence. The children are fully encouraged and supported to join established clubs and enjoy activities outside of the home which affords them the opportunity to begin to socialise and make friends outside of the home.


For some children, rehabilitation into a fostering environment may be a possible goal, for others a successful transition back to the family environment.  The aim of the home is that the children are happy, safe and able to maximise their own personal  full potential.


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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