Types of residential care
In Guernsey there are some small group homes, a residential
unit, assessment units and a secure unit.
Each residential care home is designed with young people in
mind. Young people are encouraged to choose colour schemes
and to personalise their own rooms.
All the homes have living rooms, kitchens, gardens and
bedrooms. The home provides an environment where young people
can grow and maintain positive relationships as well as achieving
Each home offers a safe environment for vulnerable young people
who may have complex needs.
Small group homes
There are two small group homes in Guernsey which are staffed by
a small team of experienced carers. These are houses within
the local community that provide a homely environment for these
young people. These are homes that, ideally, enable the child
to thrive until they are old enough to leave care. The
children and young people are carefully chosen according to their
ages, needs and compatibility with the aim to provide a happy and
Guernsey has one residential unit which provides a stable and
safe home environment for six young people (aged between 13 to 18
years old). Here older teenagers live together and are cared
for by an experienced and dedicated team of residential carers 24
hours a day, seven days a week. The young people's needs vary
from short term stay to longer term until they reach
adulthood. Within the residential unit, we place a lot of
emphasis on education or employment opportunities and encouraging
our young people to develop other useful skills. This helps
to create a happy and secure environment for those in
The home has staff on duty at all times led by a qualified
registered manager and supported by the residential care team. Each
young person has their own en-suite bedroom, a computer room and
the house has a lounge, kitchen and dining area. The home also has
a lawned garden and patio area.
The young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of
activities from sports, music and the art.
These are houses where mainly younger children are placed while
their plans are formulated for their long-term future whether this
is returning home, being placed within a foster family or moving
into a residential care home. The assessment units are very
similar to living in a short-term placement.
This is a specialist unit where children and young people are
placed through the courts.