Type of provision:   Children’s Home with a Therapeutic Approach.
Gender:    Mixed
Total number of children’s homes & other services:  1
Total number of registered beds:  4
Size range of homes:  4
Age range on admission:  6-16
Specialist services:  Therapeutic Approach
Other education provision:  One to One alternative provision – Activity and pedagogy based
Name & Qualifications:  Simon Main (Home Manager) – NVQ3 in Children and Young people workforce Diploma – Currently undertaking Degree in Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisation – Current undertaking Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for QCF.
Therapeutic provision:  Winnicott model care based (emotional holding), behaviour  (psychoanalytic). Psychodynamic based supervision and Play Therapy.
Geographical location:  Eastern


Shalamar Children’s Home, Isola, is based in a large house in rural Essex. We are a residential children’s home with a therapeutic approach. Our aim is to resolve issues in young people and not to merely contain them. We achieve this by using Attachment based care and to look for the communication behind any behaviour. We nurture and understand the child using empathy as one of our key tools.

Shalamar’s work looks to change the negative way that young people view themselves and the adults around them.  Through attachment based nurture, we restore their self-belief and provide positive experiences with adults who care.

We also provide a psycho-dynamic behavioural approach, which is worked alongside the attachment framework, where we bring the unconscious to the conscious. This allows the young people to understand why they are feeling and acting the way they are and is the first step to taking control of their actions.

We understand that many children who display challenging behaviour have had trauma at some point in their life. This usually manifests itself in emotional developmental delay. It is at this age that we treat the young person, and base our expectations on. This creates a realistic and settled environment for the young person who can succeed and receive praise for their work and efforts.

Company Website:   www.shalamarchildren.co.uk