Children Leaving Care

We support young people who need support in respect of Independence before moving on to the next stage of their young adult life. 

We work closely with local authorities for children leaving care in Newcastle, Sunderland, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham, Northumberland in the North East of England and across the UK, looking after children and young people aged 16 to 18. 

Our primary focus areas are accommodation and support for children leaving care.

Having often experienced some trauma, transitioning from full-time care to independent living can be daunting, so support at this stage is crucial for such vulnerable individuals. 

Many studies have unfortunately proven that children leaving care have a much higher risk of developing depression, abusing drugs or becoming homeless. 

Children in care often appear to grow up fast, especially when forced to due to their circumstances. Of course, they may act like an adult at the age of 17, but they still need support and guidance, the same as most of us do even when coming from a stable home environment.


Pathway Plan

A “Pathway Plan” is formulated by the young person with their social worker when they are 16 years old. It is based on the needs of the young person. Consequently and crucially, it includes their own views and preferences to begin the increased independence process.

Alongside the pathway plan, the health care professionals in our children’s residential care homes devise a person-centred support plan with the young person in order to identify their support and outcome areas to enable them to live independently in their own accommodation.

Our Home for Children Leaving Care

Sunningdale - Middlesbrough

SUNNINGDALE  Child Transitional Care

Middlesbrough Low dependency

Purpose built group of individual apartments located in a large suburban setting.

At a glance:

Current Registration: Local Authority 10 Children
Current Rating: Awaiting Ofsted registration


Ten, one-bedroom flats and two two-bed solo flats. Each flat has its own kitchen, lounge and bathroom.

Typical 8 children 16-18 years old
1 solo apartment


Sunningdale is centrally located in Middlesbrough, with good transport links to the town centre and surrounding areas. Within walking distance are shops, local cafes and restaurants, parks, colleges and training centres.

The modern refurbished accommodation includes:

Ten one Bedroom Flats – with separate kitchen, lounge, bathroom

Two two Bedroom Apartments – with separate kitchens, lounge and bathrooms.

All  have access to communal living areas so the young person can socialise if they want to or maintain their privacy. 

These consist of a living room, spacious gardens and a communal kitchen. All in all, providing comprehensive support and independent living accommodation for children.

Working with local authorities, Sunningdale provides a high standard of accommodation according to the needs of each child and young person. 

Care is by planned admission, and the duration of a child or young person’s placement is subject to their individual needs. 

Care will be focused on the skills necessary to enable a smooth transition into the wider community. It will emphasise the value of self-sufficiency in cooking and household budgeting.

We can extend the leaving age beyond 18 if necessary to assist them in their transition to independence


Enhanced Residential Children’s Care Tribley Farm, Pelton Fell, Chester le Street Co.Durham, DH2 3JU

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