Rural Location with Close Supervision

  • Registered: 2006
  • Registered Places: 4
  • Age Group: 10-16
  • Gender: Boys
  • DfE Education: Yes
  • Assessment/Therapy: Yes
  • Step Down Placements: Yes
  • Staff Ratio: Close Supervision

Hillview - An 'Outstanding' Children's Home in all Areas


"The children settle and feel secure in the warm, accepting and stable environment provided by adults who care about them and are consistent, nurturing and reliable.

The children learn to trust and respect the adults who look after them and develop
feelings of belonging and attachment. This experience provides them with a firm
foundation that enables them to engage in their education and build aspirations for
the future.
Staff carefully support children, some of whom were previously unable to cope in
the classroom environment, to re-engage in full-time education....
The stability that the children experience also provides them with confidence to
venture out and explore their interests and abilities and expand their understanding
and experience of the world...
Ambitious plans become achievable because of the mutual trust and respect
between the children and adults...
The children enjoyed a highly successful summer house holiday abroad... This is a reflection of the commitment of staff and managers to ensure that the children have good
experiences and make positive memories.
The adults are deeply committed to making sure that the children get the best from
the time they spend with their families. They do this in close cooperation with
placing authorities and with children’s families, with great care and sensitivity...
The overall experience of the children is highly positive and makes them feel valued
and secure, and their progress is exceptional."


Ofsted Inspection - February 2020 - Full report available by request

Residential Care

Hillview provides a stable, nurturing and safe home to children/adolescents with emotional and behavioural difficulties.  This includes young people that suffer mild to moderate learning difficulties and complex emotional needs. The home benefits from a robust, consistent and dedicated staff team that oversee the holistic care of the young people residing in the home.


Hillview aims to provide the young people with a caring a, nurturing environment that overall holds the ethos of a professional family.   The expectations and rules in the home replicate much of those experienced in a family environment.


The home works hard alongside other professionals to support and understand the children’s behaviour.  With this being the focus that enables the staff to think about the children’s behaviour and make good, appropriate informed choices in supporting their physical and emotional development.


The management and staff team focus on the building of relationships, using this first and foremost to build a foundation of mutual trust and respect.  Hillview is sited in a remote location with vast grounds and space, this enables the staff to engage the young people in the activities.  The home and grounds offer spaces such as a football pitch, pool room, gym and table tennis room.


We aim to provide the young people with a positive experience whilst growing up at Hillview, we work to build their self-esteem and self-worth and try to rehabilitate the integrity and trust of those who take on the role of primary carers.


Hillview pride themselves on the individual thought and care that goes into each case management.  The achievements are individual and diverse as with each young person and as each young person starts their placement, progress and development is monitored as we strive to meet individual care plans, these include rehabilitation to birth families, foster families or independent living.


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

Hillview | 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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Ethelbert Children's Services -
Residential Children's Homes, Fostering and.Specialist Education
17 Leigh Road, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 5EU
Tel: 01843 823762
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