Our Childrens Services

Hillcrest Childrens Services is a national provider of therapeutic children’s homes and schools.

Our services offer a stable, secure and supportive environment, in which the children we care for can develop the skills and confidence necessary to help them fulfil their potential.

Hillcrest provides individualised and child centred approaches to care and education, with the emphasis on long term goals and planning for the future.

We offer young people holistic models of therapeutic care and education in very high quality residential homes and schools. These models take account of the values of group living whilst also carefully taking into account the needs of each individual child which are reinforced by our membership of the Consortium of Therapeutic Communities.

Hillcrest provide the following services to ensure positive outcomes for all looked after children placed with us.

  • High quality Ofsted registered children’s homes in rural & urban settings
  • DfE registered special schools – full curriculum and vocational training
  • A child centred therapeutic approach to care
  • A clinical psychologist’s assessment offered at point of placement
  • High ratios of qualified and experienced staff
  • Competitive, all inclusive fees

At Hillcrest every child matters regardless of the behaviours, issues or complications they bring with them. We have a strong track record of providing demonstrable outcomes for looked after children.

Hillcrest is part of the Outcomes First Group which is a national provider of services providing education and therapeutic care to children, young people and adults with autism, learning disabilities and social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

The group operate services nationally and work with a number of different local authorities in England and Wales.

Outcomes First Group’s commitment to education and care has been recognised by the Education Investor School Operator Private Schools Group Award, The British Care Awards and the NAS Autism Professional Awards. The group have ambitions to continue to grow their services to meet the continuing needs of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

I want to say a big thank you for all the support, care, sensitivity and teaching you have provided to MM. I want to say that, honestly you are such an outstanding placement and have supported me also as MM’s social worker. Thank you so much for all your hard work and supporting MM to get to the place he is today

Social Worker

Myself, Manager and IRO are so impressed with the care he is getting and how much progress he has made despite all that he has been through.

Social Worker

My colleague and I have been very impressed with the resilience and empathy of the staff team and especially the manager, who is very proactive in working with us to meet the needs identified in the Care Plan. Aqueduct have been very flexible regarding contact and have gone out of their way to make this work for the young person. The therapeutic input is excellent…We really couldn’t be happier with the service provided by Hillcrest at this time.

Social Worker, Hillcrest Aqueduct House