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.
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
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
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
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
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 2 independence flats.
Bury Children’s Home, 67a Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3JY
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
- Suffolk County Council Children's Accommodation Service Behaviour Management policy. This policy is currently under review.
- Children's Homes National Minimum Standards and Regulations, 2002