Children's accommodation service

Providing a range of residential and support options for vulnerable children and young people

The children's accommodation and support service

The children’s accommodation and support service operates and manages children's homes within Suffolk for some of the most vulnerable children in our community.
The needs of our children are extremely diverse, which is why we aim to provide a wide range of placement and support options that will enable the children and young people to have a safe, nurturing, homely environment.
The way we manage our accommodation programme is monitored by the independent Local Safeguarding Children Board and involves the children, families, partner providers and other stakeholders. We continue to review and improve our practice in line with current legislation and good practice research, and by investing in the modernisation of buildings, staff training and development.


Admission to all Suffolk County Council children's homes is by way of initial referral to the central placements team based at Endeavour House, Ipswich. All referrals are then assessed and approved by individual home managers. All possible care is taken to ensure that the children accommodated meet all the criteria of registration, placement continuation and eventual discharge as appropriate.

Our homes

Woodman's Place is a 5-bedroom children's home situated in Martlesham, Ipswich for children aged between 11 and 16+ years old.   
Woodman’s Place Children’s Home, Main Road, Martlesham, Ipswich, IP5 3QX

Woodman's Place statement of purpose 

Grange Road is a 7-bedroom children's home situated in Beccles for children within the age range of 7 and 13 years old.  
Grange Road Children’s Home, 10 Grange Road, Beccles, NR34 9NR

Grange Road statement of purpose

Pakefield Road is a 7-bedroom children's home situated in Lowestoft for children aged between 11 and 18 years old.  In addition, the home has an independence flat for children who require post-16 support in order to develop practical life skills. 
Pakefield Children’s Home, 44 Pakefield Road, Pakefield, Lowestoft, NR33 0HU

Pakefield Road statement of purpose

Redwood Lodge is a 6-bedroom children's home situated in Stowmarket.  It provides accommodation for children aged between 11 and 18 years.  
Redwood Children’s Home, Redwood Lodge, Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket, IP14 1HN

Redwood Lodge statement of purpose

Alexandra House children's home is a 6-bedroom children’s home providing accommodation for 6 children aged between 11 and 18 years and in addition has two independence flats.  
Bury Children’s Home, 67a Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3JY

Alexandra House statement of purpose

Ferngate is the operational centre for the children's accommodation and support service and also provides a 'crash pad' facility for countywide emergency placements, which are accessed via the children’s social care emergency duty service. 
Ferngate, Main Road, Martlesham, Suffolk IP5 3QX

Policies associated with the service