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Devon County Council
helping young people to understand and manage their emotions
"The staff are very welcoming and bubbly and they make me feel safe."
TJ aged 12
"I love looking after the chickens and building them a mud bath. It’s nice to see so many colourful plants in the garden too."
MH aged 14
"When I was shown around, there was artwork on the walls and comfy seats; this changed my opinion of the home."
LK aged 15
"Although I felt nervous when I arrived, I like it now and I'm more relaxed because it's calm and quiet."
AM aged 13
"My three-month-stay at the Atkinson has saved my life and has helped me to make a new start to a clean and healthy lifestyle."
DB aged 16
"Now I'm leaving, I'm feeling like a different person. l had great support - thank you for being a brilliant influence in my life."
JG aged 17
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Advocacy and Independent Visitor (IV)
Balloons bereavement charity
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs)
Northbrook Community Trust
Opticians – Knapman Hayes
Children Act 1989 Section 25
Children and Care Leavers websites
Children and Young People’s Views on Being in Care: A Literature Review Coram 2015
Children's Commissioner – get advice
Children's home regulations (GOV.UK)
How to place a child under 13 (GOV.UK)
Life in secure care – Ofsted report
Secure accommodation orders
Secure centres and units (GOV.UK)
Secure children's homes directory
Statistics: secure children’s homes
The Children (Secure Accommodation) Regulations 1991 (law)
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