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Hillcrest Steps

Hillcrest Steps

Hillcrest Steps


Key Features

Age range: 6 – 13yrs
Gender: Boys and Girls
No. of Children: 8
Category: SEMH
Education: Hillcrest Park School
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding

Ofsted Report

“Staff ensure that there are lots of opportunities for activities or accomplishments which children enjoy and that help them to feel good about themselves.”

Download a copy of the Ofsted report here.

Philosophy of Care

Hillcrest Steps offers young children the chance to work and play in groups and teams, appropriately supervised by adults, thus allowing them to understand the importance of boundaries, structure and negotiation.

Children with a wide range of Emotional and Behavioural needs, who have had little or interrupted education, who display aggressive behaviour or are persistent absconders tend to be particularly suited to Hillcrest Steps.

Therapeutic Provision

Our therapeutic model recognises that all the people we support are individual and our provision is tailored to meet their needs and wishes from the point of admission and throughout their journey with us.

Clinical support is led by the Head of Clinical Services and is delivered by a core team of clinicians to include Clinical Psychologists, Forensic Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists.

Each service’s designated team will reflect the needs of the children and young people that live and learn within the schools and or homes, however additional support can also be accessed from other specialists within the wider Clinical Team. This enables us to be responsive to any newly identified, time limited or changing needs of an individual throughout their placement with us.

Offering highly specialised assessment, consultation, reflective practice supervision and bespoke training, the Clinical Team work directly with education and care staff teams to develop a shared understanding of the children, the resources and the practices needed. This ensures that we deliver the highest quality provision which maximises each person’s quality of life and personal achievements.

Within our specialist schools the clinicians aim to reduce potential barriers to learning and educational success by working directly with the children and young people in line with their ECHP recommendations.
Our evidence informed models are based on best practice guidance and are governed through the Outcomes First Governance Framework.


Education is provided at nearby Park School, registered with Ofsted and catering for children aged 7-16yrs from Hillcrest’s own homes in the area. Education is provided in a structured and caring environment and planned to meet both academic and pastoral needs of the children.

The education provision is continuously developing and is flexible to the needs of the individuals as well as the demands of the National Curriculum.


Our small farm encourages animal care and understanding of the countryside. Children also enjoy a wide range of activities such as swimming, football, rugby, music lessons, camping, horse riding, cubs and brownies, holidays away and day trips to local centres.

Referrals and Admissions

Our aim is to match the needs of each individual child placed in our care. Wherever possible admissions should be planned and involve all family and professionals so as to ensure each placement has the best possible start.

To make a referral please contact our Referrals Team.

Tel: 03458 727477
Email [email protected]

Information for Young People, Parents & Carers

A message from the manager:

Hi, my name is Sadie, I’m the home manager at Hillcrest Steps. We are looking forward to meeting you and finding out all about you, what food you like and what activities you like to take part in. Have a look at our video and meet some of the staff and young people, also look out for our other residents, who lives in the garden?

Download Young Persons Guide.

Download Parents Guide.

‘From Care home to Football Pro’ – Dillon’s inspirational story as featured on the BBC

Hillcrest Steps was recently featured in the BBC’s ‘Afternoon Live’ programme due to the amazing outcomes of one of our young people.

Dillon was put into care when he was 9 years old. Following a series of foster placements he went to live at Hillcrest Steps, where Registered Manager, Sadie Dangerfield, and the team helped to care for him.

Watch Dillon’s inspirational and moving story…

The live BBC interview with Dillon and Sadie can be found on our news page

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