Area Haringey

Area Haringey can offer a home to 4 young people aged 8 – 17 years. It is a large victorian dwelling with a 55 ft rear garden in the culturally diverse borough of Haringey.

An illustration of our Area Haringey children's residential home

Area Haringey is a residential unit offering a home to 4 young people aged 8 – 17 years. Haringey 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 Haringey comprises of a large victorian dwelling situated on a prominent tree lined street and comprises over 1,950 sq ft of accommodation arranged over ground, first and second floors. There are four en suite bedrooms, an office and a large open plan living/kitchen dining area as well as a 55 ft rear garden. There is also a secluded front entrance and front garden which is surrounded by well pruned hedging to give the property maximum privacy.

The ground floor benefits from a large entrance hall with high ceilings and ornate victorian features, this floor has a large bay window at the front and comprises an open plan living, fully fitted kitchen and dining area with a central island and granite worktop. This floor also contains a staff WC, bi fold doors lead from the kitchen onto a large 55 ft rear garden.

The first floor comprises of 2 en suite double bedrooms and an office,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.

All young people will have a desk and chair in their bedrooms in order to complete studying and homework.

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 fire retardant to promote fire safety. Young people will have a lockable cabinet in their room for personal belongings as part of their bedroom furniture.

Area Haringey 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 sibling groups to enable them to stay together provided that appropriate risk assessment supports the viability of this proposition.

Area Haringey 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 Haringey 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 Haringey is available as a resource for our young people at a time that is often characterized by crisis in their lives.

Area Haringey 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.

Children are happy, loved and flourishing. They know that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to. Their progress is testimony to the perseverance and dedication of the staff team.

Ofsted, 2022

Children have left the home in a positive way, having turned their lives around. Their life chances are improved and they have better relationships with their family. One wrote to staff saying, ‘I would never have got to where I have without yous [sic].’

Ofsted, 2022

Staff advocate passionately for children. This enables children to receive the right support to meet their needs. An example of this is the manager’s fight for a child to undergo assessments. This resulted in the child being diagnosed with autism. This diagnosis has enabled the child to receive bespoke help. A professional said, ‘No one noticed anything different [about child]. They were there a couple of weeks and staff identified a difference.’

Ofsted, 2022

The communication between staff, teachers and professionals is effective. This prevents children’s school placements from breaking down. Children who previously struggled with education are now regular attenders. They are encouraged to see education as a pathway to their futures. A child who arrived at the home as a nonattender at school and who rarely left their bedroom has now completed their exams.

Ofsted, 2022

Transition plans for children’s moves in and out of the home are comprehensive. The inclusive approach enables children to feel involved in their care planning and decisions made about them. Children often take all their bedroom furniture with them when they move out of the home, so they have familiar items in their new home.

Ofsted, 2022

Children are encouraged and supported to spend time with their families, irrespective of the distance. These visits enable children to rebuild family relationships. It also means they have widened their post-care support network.

Ofsted, 2022

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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