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Vinney Green Secure Children's Home

Statement of purpose

“Residential child care is about creating an environment in which children and young people can mature and grow. Though not a substitute for family life, it has similar responsibilities. Whatever the treatment approach, the vehicle for success or failure lies in the nature and quality of the interactions between those that live and work in the Unit.”

Vinney Green Secure Children’s Home is situated in South Gloucestershire, located to the north east of the city of Bristol in an area called Emersons Green. It was opened in February 1995 and accommodates up to 24 young people of both sexes, aged between 10 and 17. The main centre, which includes the educational facility, has accommodation for 16 young people. A separate living unit has facilities for up to a further eight young people.

The unit is licensed for operation by Ofsted and it contracts with the Youth Custody Service to provide placements for young people. It is subject to regular inspection by a range of government and local authority approved officials, to ensure the highest standards are maintained at all times. The unit is managed by our Department for Children, Adults and Health. Alison Sykes is the registered manager of the unit.

The admission criteria for both males and females, is as follows:

  1. Those young people remanded to Youth Detention Accommodation as specified under the powers set down within the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.
  2. Those young people sentenced for criminal offences which include:
  •  Detention and Training Order, up to a period of 24 months (as specified under Section 100 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000
  •  Detention and Training Order Recalls, as specified under Sections 104 or 105 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000
  •  Detention for grave and serious crimes as specified under Sections 90 and 91 of the Powers of the Criminal Courts Sentencing Act 2000 (formerly referred to as Section 53 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933) and Section(s) 226 & 228 of the powers of the Criminal Justice Act 2003

3.  Those young people subject to overnight transfer arrangements under relevant sections of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984.

Who makes the referral?

Referral and placement of young people is managed under operational arrangements with the Youth Custody Service placement team.

The young people held within the secure unit are likely to be amongst the most troubled and troublesome in the country. Vinney Green Secure Children’s Home operates within a strong value base that places the needs of young people at the centre of what it does.

Vinney Green has the following aims:

  • to ensure that each young person is legally and appropriately detained in Vinney Green
  • to ensure that each young person receives a good standard of physical and mental health care and can live a healthy lifestyle which reflects their personal needs and cultural background
  • to ensure young people are safe from harm and neglect
  • to work with young people and their families to lessen (minimise) the danger to themselves and others.
  • to build a positive working relationship with young people, with the intention of successful reintegration into their communities, and prepare them to behave in a socially responsible manner
  • to employ a well trained and experienced staff group who will demonstrate pro-social behaviour with the young people
  • to achieve a detailed assessment of the young person including health, education, offending behaviour and emotional wellbeing. To actively pursue the development, personal growth and maturity of each young person by encouraging self- confidence, self-esteem and independence
  • to work with young people to reduce or eradicate offending behaviour
  • to work with young people to enhance their ability to maintain self-control
  • to create an environment (both in and out of school) in which learning and the pursuit of knowledge and skills becomes central to the needs of the young person. To ensure that for each young person there is a clear plan which includes the individual’s contribution to preparing and developing the plan
  • to work with young people in promoting anti-racist and anti-discriminatory attitudes and to ensure that all young people from minority ethnic groups have their personal and cultural needs identified and met
  • to discharge the legal requirements and duties set down in law, contract and statutory guidance in the conduct of the unit’s business

The long-term objective of the unit is to work with young people to change their problematic behaviours to allow them to become a responsible member of his or her community. Full preparation for leaving will be undertaken with particular focus on individual need and circumstances, as well as training, education and employment opportunities.

Secure escort service

The unit operates its own secure escort service, using trained staff to safely transport young people to required venues. The escort service will transport young people to and from placements, escort young children for supervised visits or sit with children in hospitals. For further information please contact the unit using the above telephone number or contact form.

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