Area Camden 33

Area Camden 33 is a luxury 3 bedroom house located in Camden town with various local community leisure facilities. It is suitable for 3 young people aged 11-18 years.

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Area Camden 33 is a residential house offering a home to 3 young people aged 11-18 years and is located in Camden Town North London. Camden is a culturally diverse borough with up to 120 different languages spoken within the local schools.

Rail services and bus routes easily accessible. The local community’s varied leisure facilities include, a cinema, various cafes a swimming pool, London Zoo and many sports centres. There is good access to the Regent’s Park and recreational facilities.

Area Camden 33 comprises of a luxury 3 bedroom house decorated to a very high standard with modern features and fittings throughout, rooms have been designed and decorated by young people who have previously been in care. The Ground floor provides a self contained staff en suite sleep in area, on this floor there is also a common living room, fully fitted kitchen, shared washing/drying facilities and a yard. There is also a secure storage facility for the safety of all young people’s possessions.

There are two large and luxurious bedrooms on the 1st floor with en-suite shower rooms and bespoke fitted wardrobes. The second floor has a further bedroom with an en-suite shower room and bespoke joinery, each of the bedrooms have a large flat screen wall mounted TV.

All bedrooms will accessible with the master code held by staff members. Young people will be encouraged to personalise their room and will have a choice of feature wall decorations, all soft furnishings and bedding are flame retardant in accordance with fire safety. Young people will have a lockable cabinet in their room for personal belongings as part of their bedroom furniture. Young people will benefit from a private study area within each of their bedrooms.

Area Camden 33 provides 24-hour care for young people who would benefit from living within residential care that is as near to a family home setting as possible. Places can be offered to sibling groups to enable them to stay together provided that appropriate risk assessment supports the viability of this proposition.

Area Camden 33 can offer 52-week placements and short, medium or long term placements with the provision for emergency placements regulated by a strict process of risk assessments to ensure the safety of other children placed within the home.

Area Camden 33 believes that each child and young person is entitled to a safe living environment under the protection of a high quality and well-trained staff team. The home offers a stable, caring family environment, which promotes positive attitudes and proactive support to each young person in its care. Our emphasis is on creating a holistic environment where young people are encouraged to explore their potential and develop their personality.

Overall we believe that these aims will be achieved through positive re-enforcement, nurtured in an atmosphere of fun, and laughter, (where appropriate), also through empathy and non-judgmental support when working through difficult issues. In summary we believe that Area Camden 33 is available as a resource for our young people at a time that is often characterized by crisis in their lives.
Area Camden 33 will guide and assist each young person to achieve their personal best, to prepare them for their future and to help them to deal with their past. Each young person will be given every opportunity to be successful in educational and life skills achievements.

All of the children make good progress from their own individual starting points and achieve stability in their home. One child reported that being in the home was ‘the best time’ and another spoke fondly about driving a speed boat on the River Thames. Photographs of such activities are enlarged for display in children’s bedrooms and stored in albums.

Ofsted, 2021

Positive feedback from parents and placing social workers confirms the good level of care and support provided to children. One parent spoke about his delight at the ‘excellent work by staff’ and his wish to ‘shower praise for all the support staff have offered’.

Ofsted, 2021

The home is characterised by emotional warmth and is an environment where children regularly seek out staff for hugs and support. Staff are patient, nurturing and child centred. These factors help children to build close and trusting relationships with staff.

Ofsted, 2021

Children make good progress in education. Staff work in close partnership with teaching professionals to ensure that children enjoy a bespoke timetable adjusted to their own individual needs when appropriate. This helps children to engage well after what are often prolonged periods of non-engagement prior to arriving at the home.

Ofsted, 2021

Behaviour management is effective. Staff understand the cause of children’s behaviours and support them with patience, empathy and consistency. Engagement tools, such as humour and positive reassurance, work well. Children benefit from this support and learn how to exhibit more positive behaviours when they are struggling.

Ofsted, 2021

Children’s views are sought regularly. One child reported that he feels listened to and well represented in the home. One child spoke of his excitement at planning activities with his key worker and enjoying two summer holidays with staff this year. In addition, children enjoy good access to independent advocacy and mentoring support.

Ofsted, 2021

Children benefit from effective key-work sessions to learn new skills and develop their knowledge. Staff discuss a range of issues, such as the risk of county line drug gangs and maintaining personal hygiene. Children engage well and gain selfconfidence from their learning.

Ofsted, 2021

Children enjoy access to a good range of specialist support services, including therapy. Staff use their close relationships with children to ensure that support is provided at the right time for children. This means that children are not overwhelmed and the proposed intervention is effective.

Ofsted, 2021

Our Approach

Many of our young people have experienced a number of placement moves that are both unsettling and disruptive to their lives. As a result, the need for a safe and consistent approach is an integral part of providing them with quality care.

Education and Care Planning

Area Camden believes that education is essential for intellectual, social, emotional and physical development and can be a stable factor in the young person’s life. Education nurtures self-esteem; confidence and resilience and enables integration, future choices and independence.

Our commitment is to ensure educational stability and progress.

Consultation with Young People

We encourage the young people to have an active involvement with the running of the home. We believe that all young people have valuable opinions, which need to be taken into account. I

It is fundamental to the ethos of Area Camden that no decision is made without full consultation with the young person concerned. Consultation will be encouraged on a range of issues.

Behaviour Management

We believe that it is the responsibility of all staff to communicate with young people about what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. It is the responsibility of staff to maintain safe and appropriate boundaries with, and between, staff and young people.

Consistency and fairness are key ingredients to developing a safe and positive atmosphere.


Area Camden believe that it is extremely important for young people to be actively encouraged and supported in their choice of recreational and cultural activities and the promotion of leisure, sport and cultural activities for young people.

We believe that team building and group activities help promote self-esteem and help those in our care to grow in confidence and give our full support to educational activities and visits.

Religious and cultural needs

We are committed to supporting the religious and cultural needs of each young person who lives in the home. We believe that a young person’s cultural identity & ethnic heritage are an integral part of their character and should be promoted. Young people have the right to grow up with a full sense of their identity and that this will be achieved by promoting diversity and creating an atmosphere of tolerance and acceptance.

No young person will be discriminated against on the grounds of their age, gender, ethnic origin, core beliefs or sexuality. Staff at Area Camden will endeavour at all times to offer young people real choices that reflect their age, maturity, understanding and cultural background.

Positive relationships

Area Camden will agree during Placement Planning meetings with the Placing Authority the arrangements for individual child to see their family and friends as per their individual relevant plans.

Staff will promote opportunities to build positive friendships in the home and out in the community, and friendships that may have a negative impact on young person would be discouraged. Staff will support young people to gain understanding what makes healthy relationships, and what relationships can be damaging and exploitative so they can develop skills to have positive relationships with others.

Staff will work with each individual young person to build positive, nurturing, warm and meaningful relationships with them. At Area Camden we believe that positive relationships with our young people is the foundation of promoting positive behaviours.

Child protection

One of our primary aims is to provide a safe and empowering place for all young people to live in. Child protection procedures are a key to keeping young people safe.

Area Camden will work in accordance with all guidelines set, to ensure that safeguarding issues are maintained as a top priority for the staff at the home. A Risk Assessment will be undertaken with each young person and this will be regularly reviewed and monitored as part of the placement planning process.

All young people within the home will be protected from discrimination and bullying by our anti-discrimination and anti bullying policies.


No staff member will be permitted to commence working at Area Camden until a full-enhanced DBS check has been received and we follow government legislation in regards to this. Suitable references, written and telephone, will also have been received and approved.

Area Camden is committed to providing excellent standards of care for all the young people who live in our homes. To promote this level of excellence, it is the company policy that all staff members will be qualified to the required level relating to their roles.


Bullying behaviour is not tolerated at Area Camden. Our staff teams will be constantly vigilant and aware that bullying can be present in residential care, and that it causes great misery for the victim.

As part of the initial assessment process, the issue of bullying will be discussed with each young person admitted to the home and it will be made clear that bullying behaviour, whether verbal or physical, will be challenged and if habitual, could lead to the cessation of the placement.

Complaints and representation

Area Camden supports the young person’s right to make complaints about any aspect of their treatment whilst living at the home. Young people will always be made aware of their right to complain should they feel they have been treated unfairly or disrespectfully.

Our policy is for any child or young person who makes a complaint to do so without fear of retaliation or reprisal.

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