Caring for Children

Provided by the Children's Services Department

Children’s Residential Care

Hampshire has ten residential establishments within its boundaries.

Six homes cater for children and young people with long-term needs, i.e. those who need a period of stability in a residential home (up to two years) to enable them to move on to a long term placement with foster carers, on to independence or back home to their families. These units serve the whole County rather than their local area specifically. Altogether these facilities offer provision for up to 33 children and young people, aged between 12 and 17.  

All six described above are centrally line managed as part of the County's residential service.

Three establishments offer planned respite care to children with disabilities. These are line managed as part of an integrated service for disabled children.

We also have a 16 bedded secure unit to which young people are referred to by the courts. This is a national resource. Some young people are also in the secure unit for their own protection, rather than being detained because of offences they have committed.