We provide specialist care for children who sexually harm
Kites Children’s Services exists to help boys with sexual development problems – and who may have a history of sexually abusing or harming others.
We work hard to help these young people develop into confident, safe young adults who make a positive contribution to wider society.
Kites is the first port of call for local authorities that may lack relevant specialist care services – and which need a cost-effective service that achieves positive outcomes for young people who sexually harm.
We provide a fully integrated service across the care continuum for young people who have sexually harmed.
An integrated approach to care
Our integrated approach is effective because it brings together different strands of care, which are shaped to each individual’s needs. They are:
- Residential care for young people whose sexual development issues pose a relatively high risk
- Foster care for lower risk boys, including some whose positive development has allowed them to progress from residential care
- Education and personal development in our own specialist school, when mainstream education is not yet appropriate
- Therapy – this is central to our whole approach and helps the young people in our care achieve goals such as happiness, creativity and intimacy in both meaningful and socially acceptable ways
- Aftercare – ensuring that young people get the best possible start to their adult lives
Please browse our site to learn how we help young people who sexually harm, and if you would like to learn more about our service please contact us today or call 01702 214524.
Meet the team
I began my career during 1985 as a founder member of the Accommodation Project, which was set up to respond to the closures of Psychiatric Institutions. The tasks include identifying alternative placements for clients who had been living in these hospitals receiving long term care.
After qualifying as a social worker in 1992, I was employed as a Deputy Manager at a Local Authority Project specialising in working with adolescents which consisted of a Residential Service and Field Work Provisions. I became Project Manager for the residential component in 1993 and was involved with two other Residential Homes in advisory, development and supportive capacities. Also during this time I worked as a College Lecturer.
In 1995 I created Kites Children’s Services. This private company provides residential, outreach, training and consultation services to young people, placement providers and agencies working with adolescents and their families. I pioneered the development of the specialism – working with adolescents who display harmful sexual behaviour in 2000.
During 2005, I founded a Fostering Service within Kites Children’s Services which integrated with the Residential, Education and Therapeutic provisions to provide alternatives for users. In 2009 myself and Andre started Mosaic Foster Care to complement Kites fostering service by offering long term foster placements utilising the same tried and tested integrated treatment methodology for a wider client group.
I qualified as a social worker in 1997 after a career in the private sector. I worked within a children’s assessment team and then as a senior practitioner within child protection for Essex County Council. In 2000 I became a Child Protection Officer with the NSPCC and later acted as manager of a specialist unit working with children and families.
I hold an MA in Applied Systemic Theory from the Tavistock Centre, a BA in Professional Social Work Practice, a PQ Award in Childcare and an Advanced Award in Social Work. In 2002 I became Manager of therapeutic services at Kites Children’s Services and in 2008 I became a Director and co-owner of the organisation.
In 2004 I jointly founded WillisPalmer an independent organisation which provides an a national network of independent social workers, consultant psychologists and qualified therapists. Then in 2009 Roz and myself started Mosaic Foster Care to complement Kites fostering service by offering long term foster placements utilising the same tried and tested integrated treatment methodology for a wider client group.
I have been an Office/HR Manager for various design, finance and technology companies. I have extensive experience in Human Resources, EA Duties, finance, facilities, site management and general office management skills.
I joined Kites in April 2020 having moved from London to Essex. In my last role I worked for the UK Council for Psychotherapy as Office and HR Manager and was an active member of the Senior Management Team.
My role at Kites so far has been to update the referral system and company website. Alongside this I work very closely with the Head of Therapy, Residential Managers of both Estuary and Brook House and also the Head Teacher at Estuary High, making the transition for the young person coming to Kites as happy as possible.
I also work alongside the directors of the company and oversee the facilities and technology side of the business, implementing procedures and processes for the company.
Head Teacher, Estuary High
I have worked for Kites since 2016, where I started as a teacher at Estuary High school; I shortly after took on the role of Head Teacher. I have over 20 years teaching experience and have taught in a variety of school and wide range of age groups from 5-18.
As part of my role I teach English and art up to GCSE level. I work closely with the carers, therapists, head of safeguarding, social workers and the virtual schools. I work alongside a very strong and supportive team of teachers and support staff who all work together to provide the best social, emotional and education support for the boys.
Head of Safeguarding
I work with the residential teams and young people in creating strategies that ensure our young people are kept safe from harm and that their behaviour does not cause harm to other vulnerable people, especially children.
The process is designed to encourage our young people to take incremental steps towards managing their own behaviour, and to be able to discuss difficult feelings openly.
To this end the Safeguarding protocol is fully integrated with the Therapeutic programme, underpinned by the multi-disciplinary Case Discussion/Safeguarding Meeting, which I chair and which includes the Therapist, Key worker, Social Worker and homes managers.
Where appropriate the Meeting will involve the participation of the young person and other primary figures involved with their care.
I have been working in accounts for over 20 years, working mainly for large corporations, but have worked in several different fields and sizes of businesses more recently to gain a more all-round experience. I chose to work for Kites Children’s Services as I wanted to work for a company that makes a difference and one, I could be proud of.
Wendy Stirling, Residential Manager, Estuary House
Head of Therapy and Clinical Lead
As Head of Therapy, my primary function is to ensure that the young people benefit from a high standard of therapy during their placement at Kites. I do this by liaising with all disciplines on a general basis and via participation in weekly Case Discussion Groups.
It is also part of my role keep myself informed about contemporary research findings in relation to this specific area of work and consider these with regard to the overall development and provision of therapeutic services.
In addition, I provide therapy for young people and I oversee the development of Kites therapeutic support plans.
Residential Manager, Brook House
I have worked for Kites for over 12 years. I manage Brook House. At Brook House we believe in a holistic approach to looking after the young people. Our work includes working closely with education, therapy and other external social care agencies. We work closely with other agencies to ensure the best possible outcome for our young people. We use the G.E.T I.T. approach to help our young people develop educationally and socially.
I have worked at Kites since 2007 and started as the first Office Manager to the company overseeing the implementation of new systems to the administration department. During my time at Kites, I have been responsible for Office Management, HR, Marketing, Finance and Director Support.
I have over 25 years of administration experience and pride myself on being extremely organised, efficient and happy to help anyone who needs me. My career to date has been in different sectors such as car dealerships, the fitness industry and retail. I have worked for big corporate companies as well as small not-for-profit organisations.
I now work alongside the Office Manager and Heads of Department for all HR and recruitment needs.
I have worked at Kites for 4 years. During this time, I have worked within both homes and supported within our school. Prior to Kites I worked at a local homeless charity supporting people of all ages and walks of life in securing appropriate housing. I have also worked within various local volunteering schemes, including the YMCA and Southend Borough Council, all aimed at supporting young people and families experiencing difficulties.
During my time at Kites I created, facilitated, and became the Lead Practitioner of our activity programme, named ‘The Challenge.’ I now manage the Outreach Service. The Outreach Service aims to present our young people with the opportunity to gain a developing understanding of societal values and expectations as well as discover new experiences and take part in meaningful activities within the local community. Through the provision of the Outreach service our young people have the opportunity for designated, tailored support outside of the homes as well as supporting the development of interdependent, independence and general life skills.
Within the service we facilitate the ‘Challenge’ programme which consists of various outward bound, group experiences including camping, hikes, orienteering, sporting activities, a weekly club and week-long holidays. This is facilitated in conjunction with the academic calendar and offers our young people the opportunity to gain a developing understanding of teamwork, problem solving, group dynamics and any other developmental need which is identified through the provision of the service.