- Age Range: 7-12 on admission
- Capacity: up to 2
- Gender: Male and Female
- Length: Medium to long
- Location: Durrington, Wiltshire
Bourne House is in the village of Durrington, which lies on the edge of the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. Durrington is a small but thriving community.
Bourne House is a children’s home for two young people who have emotional and behavioural needs, underpinned by trauma and attachment difficulties. We believe that in order to effectively understand and support children and young people who have experienced trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), an environment in which they can feel safe and loved is key, and this is exactly what we provide.
“This is brilliant – just like home. I did not want to come here and now I am so glad I did. The manager and the team are fun, and I might even think about doing some education.”
Young person, 2018
The ethos of Bourne House is very much characterised by a ‘can do’ attitude. Adults share the value of creating a home for young people that reflects a family atmosphere. Adults at Bourne House are skilled in supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma, ACEs and have attachment difficulties to support in reaching the potential of each individual child. Bourne House is firmly based on an integrated therapeutic model, with all adults well trained in working with children and young people providing a loving and nurturing home, with positive routines and consistency. Therefore, we place significant importance for our children. The young person’s voice is very important, and adults are keen to involve the young people in the day to day running of the home.
“The social worker started by saying what the home have achieved is ‘amazing’ and the quality and standard of care was very good.”
Regulation 44 comments, September 2019
At Bourne House we work hard to ensure positive and appropriate relationships are developed and built by all adults with the children and young people. The teams nurturing, and supportive approach ensures an environment conducive to achieving positive outcomes for all children and young preople. Management within the home has set out to make sure the culture and ethos is reflected within adult’s practice and that all adults understand the needs of every child, understand each child’s history, understand the outcomes we are aiming to achieve, and the approaches that support every individual.
Everything we do at Bourne House is focused on meeting the needs of our children and young people. Our practice is child centred, trauma informed, and therapeutic. Our interventions promote learning, growth and development in children with good outcomes for them in mind. Our home provides a safe and nurturing environment, full of love and laughter where children can feel safe and valued.
The ultimate goal of Bourne House is to create a centre of excellence that provides the best care possible, in the best environment that can be achieved.
“Staff have developed positive and trusting relationships with the child who lives at this home. He receives good care and support from a staff team whose members have got to know him well. Staff are nurturing and show him genuine warmth and affection. The child gave 10/10 for how much he likes living here and for the staff who look after him. He says that he feel safe.”
Ofsted, August 2019