Therapeutic care at Hillcrest Childrens services provides consistency and stability, helping children and young people to recover from trauma they may have experienced in early years.

Our aim is to provide children with a safe and nurturing environment where they can feel supported and confident and where they are free to develop their personal, social and academic skills.

Integrated therapeutic work at each of our services is overseen by a Head of Clinical services supported by a Consultant Psychologist and Psychotherapists.

Our staff develop beneficial carer-child relationships, giving children a reliable, supportive point of contact who can guide them towards gaining new skills and developing as people.

Therapeutic provision can include Counselling, Art Therapy, Play Therapy and Music Interaction to reinforce the Hillcrest philosophy of providing a more therapeutic approach to child care.


Our membership to The Consortium of Therapeutic Communities is a reflection of our commitment to operating in a therapeutic environment and manner. The consortium is for organisations who recognise the influence of our social environment on how we are, what we learn and how we change.


The Community of Communities (CofC) is a standards-based quality improvement and accreditation network working with Therapeutic Communities (TCs) in the UK and abroad. This accreditation is issued by the Therapeutic Community Accreditation Panel (TCAP), and is an exciting benchmark within the Residential childcare sector.

Adam has become a star pupil with you and your team. I have always rated your school and its way of coping with some extremely high level children.

SEN Team Oxfordshire

Ben’s management of his behaviour has improved dramatically since he was placed at The Bartons. Ben’s needs are being consistently addressed and he is being prepared for independence; this will not be rushed. This is a superb placement for Ben and long may it continue.

Northamptonshire Childrens Services

Simon has had a period of disrupted education and a long period of being out of school, since he has been at Hillcrest he is doing very well and the support offered to enable him to maintain in the classroom has been vital, as well as the support offered to help him develop strategies and ways of managing his emotions and behaviours.

Kent Children’s Services