YMCA Children’s Residential Care

Nottinghamshire YMCA’s Settled Care provision provides children who are not able to live with their own families with a chance to grow and thrive in a safe home.

‘Outstanding’ provider

As a care provider with one ‘Outstanding’ and three ‘Good’ Ofsted rated homes, Nottinghamshire YMCA opened its first Settled Care home in 2011, becoming one of the few charities to home and look after children in the community.

The Settled Care team recognise there is a real need for safe and nurturing homes for vulnerable children. Our compassionate and trained staff are always compelled to step in where possible to help improve the lives of at-risk children.


What we do

Nottinghamshire YMCA provides a range of residential services to look after children who may have suffered severe neglect, emotional or physical harm. We operate small and medium sized residential homes across Nottingham, Sherwood and North Yorkshire, therapeutic services and plans to introduce supported accommodation.

By promoting a ‘family unit’ model in the community, the children’s residential care programme delivers 24-hour care and nourishment to young people aged 8-17 to ensure at-risk children are awarded the same opportunity of a loving, home environment as their peers to give them the best chance of a brighter future.

Our safe residential home environments are available for children who originate from anywhere in the UK. At Nottinghamshire YMCA, we know that there is not one type of child in care. Every child is unique and has a different story to tell with an individual set of basic human needs that must be met for them to develop and feel nurtured as a young person. 

The charity’s comprehensive placement and matching criteria ensure we only accept children where we believe we can truly support their individual needs and can make a substantial difference in their lives. This explicitly takes into account the child’s history, behaviour and community background. Please note that in rare instances there are times when we cannot meet a young person’s needs through their referral.

Our homes

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Our first three-bed Registered Children’s home has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in all areas for the third year in a row.

Designed to develop key life skills for young people who require a less intensive level of support. Individual care plans empower children to thrive emotionally, academically and socially.

  

Cornerstone 2011

Designed to re-integrate young people into small group homes whilst focusing on the individual needs of the young person, This two-bed Registered Children’s home has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in all areas two years in a row.

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Tulip 2016

We are pleased to confirm that Ofsted has rated this two-bed Registered Children’s home ‘Good’ in all areas. Designed to re-integrate young people into small group homes whilst focusing on the individual needs of the young person.

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Maythorn 2018

This three-bed Registered Children’s home is our first therapeutic service, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in all areas. Therapeutic care plans for young people in our care, 1-1 clinical support for both young people and staff teams. Clinical assessments are available.

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Who do we support?

The ‘Settled Care’ provision creates safe residential home environments for children aged between 8-17 who originate from anywhere in the UK. 

At Nottinghamshire YMCA, we know that there is not one type of child in care. Every child is unique, has a different story to tell with an individual set of basic human needs that must be met for them to develop and feel nurtured as a young person. 

Our comprehensive placement and matching criteria ensure we only accept children where we believe we can truly support their individual needs and can make a substantial difference in their lives. This explicitly takes into account the child’s history, behaviour and community background. 

Please note that in rare instances there are times when we cannot meet a young person’s needs through their referral.

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Services we offer

With the population of children in care increasing to the point where more than 1,400 children in Nottinghamshire find themselves in care, the need to address this growing problem has never been so important.

Our response to the concerns of people in our community was to design a new type of programme based around the family. Our small scale ‘family unit’ model has at its very heart the same aspirations for children in care that the majority of parents have for their own sons and daughters.

Furthermore, we realised the traditional larger ‘children’s homes’ model presents challenges that can prevent children from growing and developing into productive and positive members of their community. YMCA has considerable expertise in providing day camps, sports, family programmes, childcare and youth programmes in addition to youth health and fitness.

 

“Our belief is that all children deserve to be nurtured and supported to become rounded individuals – not just by their carers but also by the greater community.”

Craig Berens, Chief Operating Officer at Nottinghamshire YMCA Triangle_icon_red_grad

Refer a Child

To refer a child for residential care support through our ‘Settled Care’ provision or for further information, contact rescarereferrals@nottsymca.org

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