Area Camden

Area Camden is a residential unit offering a home to 5 young people aged 7-17 years in Camden Town and was designed by young people in the care system.

Area Camden offers five beds for young people aged between 7 -17.

Area Camden is split over four floors: The basement provides a bedroom, on this floor there is also a separate bathroom with a toilet and separate shower room with a toilet.

The entrance to this house has been recently renovated, the front part of the home has been made into a lounge area, the children chose the decor and furniture.

The Ground floor houses the staff office/meeting room within the office there are secure storage facilities for the safety of all young people’s possessions and confidential files. The office will be secure at all times to ensure that client records and other confidential documents are protected. There are also two double bedrooms on this floor with en- suite shower rooms and a fully equipped kitchen. The yard area can also be accessed from the ground floor. This area will be developed by the young people living in the home. The first floor has a lounge/kitchen and separate bathroom, this will be for a young person who can demonstrate independence while still needing support from living in the home.

The second floor has two bedrooms, one large double and a double room.

All bedrooms will accessible with the master key 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 to promote fire safety. Young people will have a lockable cabinet in their room for personal belongings as part of their bedroom furniture. Young people will have a choice of either doing their homework in the study or in their own bedroom.

Area Camden 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 provides 24-hour care for young people who would benefit from living within residential care that is nearer to family home setting as possible. Places can be offered to large sibling groups to enable them to stay together provided that appropriate risk assessment supports the viability of this proposition. Area Camden 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 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 is available as a resource for our young people at a time that is often characterized by crisis in their lives.

Area Camden 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.