Our houses provide a family feel home for our young people and are made up of a 6 and a 5 bedroom home.
We offer the young people their own space that they can personalise to their own likes and tastes. We provide a holistic approach to working with young people. We work closely with education and our therapeutic team to ensure that the young person's needs are met.
We offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities through our Wednesday club and challenge programme.
Young people have a key worker that will help them navigate through their stay with us. The young people are central to everything we do in our homes. Your views and wishes are very important to us. We know that the young people are not at home, but we hope they can make a home with us.
Estuary House was our first home opened in 2000 is a six-bedroom semi-detached house on the outskirts of Southend. Next door to Estuary House is three semi-independent flats, owned and operated by Kites as an After-care service for our young people. The house has two large receptions rooms, kitchen and separate utility room, with a large garden to the rear.
Brook House, opened in 2015 is a large five-bedroom detached home with a large lounge, kitchen diner and annexe on the ground floor. It has a large garden which is used by our young people in the summer for BBQs and games. The house is situated in an urban area of Southend, close to all the amenities afforded a large town.
Young people enjoy being a part of a vibrant community with access to the full range of leisure, travel and cultural facilities.
Kites Children’s Services provides outstanding residential care facilities for boys aged 11-18 whose sexual development difficulties may lead to sexually harmful behaviour.
Our care is residential for sexually harmful behaviour and we currently have two residential homes situated in urban areas in Westcliff on Sea, Essex.
Our homes provide a positive and co-operative environment for boys who are not ready to benefit from a foster placement – usually because they have been responsible for several instances of sexually harmful behaviour and they need high levels of intervention.
Helping young people become caring young adults
We aim to help our young people develop into caring young adults with the attitudes, skills and outlook to make a positive and continued contribution to
society. We do this by:
- Treating each young person as an individual – and viewing their behaviour in the context of their life experience.
- Creating a non-condemning environment – in which openness and honesty are valued.
- Introducing young people to activities, hobbies and social situations – while respecting the personal space and surroundings of others.
- Maintaining clear boundaries, communication and expectations – providing the stability young people need to develop trust
- Involving young people in plans, ideas and decision-making that affect their daily lives – allowing them to develop independence and leadership.
Most importantly, our residential for sexually harmful behaviour in children and young adults is not an end in itself – it is part of our broader approach to care, designed to help young people who sexually harm develop into valued young adults.
Thanks to a positive residential environment combined with effective therapy, many of the young people in our home subsequently become suitable candidates for foster care before reaching adulthood.
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