Gold Member Profiles
Take a look at our Gold Members who have successfully achieved the Investing in Children Membership Award™ for over 10 years. That is an amazing achievement and inspiring to see so many organisations who continually listen to children and young people to make changes based on what they have said.
Arbory School (Isle of Man)
Barnardo's Action with Young Carers
Supporting children and young people ) in Liverpool who are looking after a family member who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol.
Supporting Young Adult Carers up to age 25, who continue to have a caring responsibility for an Adult.
Burnopfield Primary School
Burnopfield School is situated in a village at the edge of County Durham. The school caters for 405 children including a 52 place Nursery. The school’s ethos is: “We inspire, challenge and care” and are passionate about seeing the whole child and supporting them to find their strengths and talents, whatever they may be. We believe that learning should be fun and are fortunate to have a staff with the same mindset. Our staff inspire, challenge, care. At Burnopfield we all work very hard to provide a stimulating learning environment for our children. Our enthusiastic and passionate staff team have high expectations and have created a rich and inviting environment for learning.
Cambian Group - Derwent Dene Lodge
CAMHS South Durham & LD
This service provides specialist mental health services (including an ADHD service) for children and adolescents, and support, information and advice for parents and carers, living in the south Durham area.
The Acley Centre
Off Burn Way, Newton Aycliffe,
County Durham, DL5 4PE
Tel number: 01325 529520
The main functions of the team are:
- Assessment and treatment of children and young people aged 0 – 18 with mental health problems
- To work closely with both statutory and voluntary agencies to provide advice, support and information for parents and carers
- To promote positive mental health in children and young people and reduce stigma
- Teaching and training of medical, nursing and psychology students and trainees in psychiatry.
Child Dynamix is a children and families’ charity providing local and city wide services in Hull. We are proud of the difference we have made since becoming a registered charity in 2005. Our day nurseries, holiday club and crèche provision can help with child care, whilst our family support team and parent mentors can offer help and information with a range of family issues. We have a dedicated team of youth, play and sport workers offering sessions and one to one support for young people.
Our vision of Communities where children and young people thrive drives our decisions each and every day.
Copeland Road Primary
DCC Aycliffe Secure Centre
Aycliffe Secure Centre is a secure children’s home providing high quality, specialist secure accommodation for young people between the ages of 10 and 18.
Our centre houses some of the most vulnerable young people, many of whom have complex problems and need intensive support to help them turn their lives around.
DCC Coxhoe Children's Home
Coxhoe Children’s Home sits on the outskirts of the village but is within walking distance of local shops and other facilities. The home supports up to three young people aged between 12 and 18 and the home has a garden, the living space is modern, all young people have their own bedrooms and the home is being modernised because of the input of the young people.
DCC Educational Health Needs Team
We provide education for children and young people of statutory school age (5-16 years) who are temporarily unable to attend school due to ill health.
Our aim is to provide high quality education and prevent pupils from slipping behind in their work due to a health condition.
We teach individual pupils with health needs who are currently unable to attend school. We offer teaching sessions at a location near home or, if absolutely necessary, in the home. We provide information, advice and consultancy to children/young people, schools, parents/carers and other agencies.
By working closely with staff in schools we ensure children/young people follow the right programmes of study. Individual education plans are drawn up and we liaise with medical professionals. As soon as possible we support integration back to school to prevent any further disruption to pupils’ education.
The desired outcomes for the children/young people who we work with are to raise aspiration and achievement, for pupils to actively engage in education, employment or training and for the package of support to result in improved emotional well-being and to progress in school work.
DCC Fostering Team
Can you help make a real difference to a young person’s life at a time when they need it most? Make a difference… become a foster carer.
In County Durham, we need foster carers who can provide children and young people with the love, security and stability that family life can offer.
DCC Framwellgate Children's Home
Framwellgate Moor Children’s Home can accommodate up to five young people. The home is based in Pity Me – Framwellgate. It is equipped to support the young residents to gain skills that enables them towards independent living. This provision supports looked after children aged between 12-18.
DCC High Etherly Children's Home
High Etherley Residential Home supports young people who are being looked after by Durham County Council. The age ranges of young people living in the home range between 12 and 18 years of age.
DCC Independent Reviewing Officer and Quality Review Team
Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) are the people who chair reviews for children and young people.
What is an Independent Review Officer
An IRO is responsible for chairing a wide variety of meetings as an ‘independent’ person(s). IROs are seen as independent because we have a different line of management than children’s care staff and other operational children’s services staff. We help to monitor the quality of the service to children and their families…
DCC New Lea Children's Home
New Lea House is a beautiful purpose built home with large grounds and a fully functioning allotment. New Lea House provides a homely nurturing environment which prides itself on giving young people the best opportunities and the ability to feel safe, valued and able to thrive. All staff are highly trained and qualified in various child centered approaches including PACE model on attachment and trauma which is at the forefront of our interactions. Long term New Lea House provides young people with in house opportunities to develop when looking to move into their own home or the next part of their journey.
DCC Park House Children's Home
Park House is a residential home for the respite care of children and young people with wide ranging disabilities and special educational needs. The home is based in Sherburn village near Durham city. The staff provide care for
up to six young people with an additional emergency place if necessary. Based on two floors this welcoming home is very spacious with a fantastic garden which lends itself to safe outdoor activities.
The whole home has substantial space for wheelchairs for the young people to be mobile.
DCC West Rainton Children's Home
West Rainton Children’s Home currently provides care and support for three children/young people using ‘Kim Goldings – House of Parenting Model’ which is fully supported by Durham County Council Full Circle Team. It offers specific support for children and young people who have experienced trauma.
The model enables the supported transition for children and young people living at the home to move on to positive living placements. These placements are designed to meet their specific individual care needs, whether they are looking for long term fostering or relevant placements for future developments.
DCC Young People's Service
The Young People’s Service within Durham County Council continues to assess and meet the needs of young people aged 15, who are in care or just left care, and keep in touch with care leavers until they are at least 21. Support can continue to be offered until a young person reaches the age of 25, depending on circumstances and educational requirements. The service is made up of a wide range of supporting adults, whose roles differ from social workers to Young Person Advisors (YPA).
Hessle Road Network
Hessle Road Network is a community-led organisation that was formed to enable local residents to actively participate in regeneration issues in their area – particularly those addressing the needs of young people.
The project is based in an urban location less than two miles from Hull city centre. Hessle Road Network serves the St Andrews and Docklands ward of Hull which is characterised by severe levels of urban deprivation.
Hessle Road Network is a genuinely community run, community focussed set-up involved in the direct delivery of service to its customers (the local community) on a daily basis.
Hope Wood Academy
ROC Solid is a housing provider which has its roots firmly based in safeguarding and good social work practice.
Co-founders Dot and Derek Butler owned a fostering agency for more than a decade and decided, early on, to try to improve outcomes for care leavers through good quality supported housing.
The charity, which has Investing in Children accreditation, has since expanded its remit to meet local need.
It operates more than 45 units of accommodation, including two centres which are staffed 24/7, and houses in Newton Aycliffe, Stockton and Billingham.
The model allows some people, who initially need greater support, to move towards independence in ROC Solid houses while still benefitting from ongoing support.
We have a service level agreement with Durham County Council which entails monitoring visits by commissioners.
Many supported housing providers have a no second chance rule. We do not. For example, one care leaver who had aggressive behaviours and alcohol/drugs issues, was evicted four times over several years but we took her back for the fifth time. She is now part of the management team of a recreation centre and lives independently from the charity.
The Oaks Secondary School
The Oaks Secondary School opened in 2005 in a newly designed building. We are a large, local authority school, for young people with special educational needs. Our pupils attend from across South West Durham, with a significant number from further afield. We have achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grade from our last three Ofsted inspections.
Tow Law Millennium Primary School
Tow Law Millennium Primary School is a nurturing and happy community; where children are supported to achieve their dreams.
We have six values that have been selected by our whole school community that underpin Tow Law Millennium Primary Schools’ Vision.
We promote high achievement and a love of learning so each and every child can build a successful future and we feel this is articulated through our Vision and Values. Our overarching aim is to develop the ‘whole child’ as an individual, who will leave our school with the skills and qualities needed to become a responsible global citizen in an ever changing world.