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Gloucester House


Children, Young people

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What we do

Gloucester House is a leading special school with a uniquely integrated specialist clinical team. We offer quality education and therapeutic services for up to 21 children (aged 5 to 14 years) with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and their families/carers.

A placement at Gloucester House involves full-time specialist schooling, including the national curriculum, tailored for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. It also includes work with parents/carers and families, a range of individual and group therapies and, where appropriate, medication.

Throughout a child/young person’s time here we conduct regular reviews with the family and the professional network and provide progress reports.

Children leave Gloucester House when they are ready to take the next step, and when it is clear where they will be moving on to. Length of stay varies according to the children’s needs. Children can attend here on a short-term basis or for the long term.

What to expect

Many professionals and families visit at the enquiry stage to establish whether Gloucester House is an appropriate place for their child.

An initial assessment involves a series of meetings with families and professionals by two members of the referral panel called the “assessing pair”. It may also include a home visit by education staff and or visits to the child’s current educational placement.

If all parties agree that Gloucester House would be a helpful placement, a start date and staggered integration is agreed. At the professionals meeting, the plan for the initial assessment period will be outlined and the future hopes from the network and the family explored. A date set for the first review meeting. The families will be allocated a case coordinator who has overall responsibility of coordinating the integrated education health and care plan and linking with the family, child and professional network.

During this initial period (usually 6-10 weeks) formal and informal academic and clinical assessments will be undertaken. This will conclude in a formulation and proposed integrated care plan.

How to access this service

We accept referrals from health, social care and education professionals with a referral letter, and is often accompanied by an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP).

For the referral to be processed we would need to know that funding (in principle) has been agreed.