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  • The staff at Stamford House are very easy to get along wth.
    They understand that they have a job to do but they still have a laugh and joke with you. They are very easy to talk to and trust.

School attendance: 97%

Ofsted 'outstanding' for 6 years

Unauthorised absences 99%

Stamford House

Stamford House children’s home offers high quality, therapeutically informed care for up to 4 children aged 7-17

Located on the outskirts of Oldham in expansive grounds, Stamford House provides a homely and safe environment to young people; a vital component when delivering care therapeutically. The practice model at Stamford House is flexible, innovative and focussed on providing therapeutic approaches to addressing the issues that children and young people have as a result of their experiences of trauma.

Why choose Stamford?
  • Track record of successfully supporting young people transitioning into independent living whilst also securing college placements
  • Track record of successfully supporting young people in breaking the cycle of drug and alcohol related involvement
  • High levels of educational attainment in mainstream and specialist schools
  • Specialists working with attachment disorders and mental health needs
  • Highly qualified and experienced staff team
  • Preparation for foster care and independent living
  • Have given the young people the confidence, ability and opportunities to become involved in community related projects
  • Beds: 4
  • Location: Oldham
  • Ofsted Rating: Good
  • Specialists working with attachment disorders and mental health needs
  • Highly qualified and experienced staff team
  • Therapeutic Team
  • Consultant Psychologist support
  • CAMHS Service support
  • Preparation for foster care or independent living
  • Therapeutic approach stabilises and provides a platform for young people to grow
  • Consistently good outcomes
Case Study

Taylor came from a background of neglect and exposure to drug abuse.  Whilst living in foster care Taylor wasn’t attending school and would regularly go missing, often attempting to climbs out of windows late at night to get out. After living in several foster homes, it was decided that she should move to residential care.  At this point Taylor’s behaviours were becoming very risky and some professionals felt a period in a secure unit would have been a better option.

At 10 years old, Taylor arrived at Stamford House and began to thrive.  She wasn’t going missing, wasn’t taking drugs and wasn’t climbing out of windows!  Taylor lived at Stamford House until she was 17, when she was supported to move into her own flat.  She has since had her first baby and is just about to start driving lessons.  Here is a letter Taylor wrote to Stamford House in August 2019;


"This card isn’t only for the staff that worked at Stamford House while I lived there but for all the staff before and after. Without the work you do, children like me wouldn’t have the chance to blossom like I did nor have the opportunities you have given me.

You lead with so much compassion, love and honesty. You make Stamford House a HOME and not just a ‘care home’. People often say to me “Oh bet it was hard growing up in care”, truth be told the second I walked through them doors I felt at home. I felt love, compassion, warmth, kindness and support which is more than I have ever felt. It’s not the building that makes it home, it’s all you staff. You are some of the most incredible people I have ever met. I often tell people that coming to Stamford House was the best thing that ever happened to me and I still stick by it to this day. 

You have taught me so many things, love, compassion, compromise, self worth, self respect, respect for others, to appreciate everything you’ve got, how to work hard, self-discipline and most importantly how to love!

Family Care are so lucky to have you all working for them. You’re all a credit to yourselves, Family Care and your families.


I can’t even begin to put into words how thankful I am for everything you have done for me since I walked through them doors in 2008.  It wasn’t always easy, some days it was far from easy but with all your help and support I came out the other end.

I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you. You taught me the meaning of hard work and made me want to better myself.  Having you four as role models made me become the person I am today and gave me the opportunity to become a mum to my beautiful little boy.

Thank you for everything you have taught me, helped me with, looking after me, supporting me, making me laugh, John with his stupid Jokes lol, and for all the life skills you have taught me. There has been many tears sheaded, laughs, smiles, a few arguments but it has all be worth every minute of it.

You watched me grow from that little girl with hair down her back with a red little bag to becoming a mum for the first time. You all hold a very special place in my heart and always will."

Thank you
Lots of love Taylor xxx

Secure Base

The Secure Base Model (Schofield & Beek) provides a positive framework for therapeutic caregiving, which helps young people feel secure and builds their resilience. It focuses on the interactions that occur between caregivers and young people on a minute by minute basis. It also considers how those relationships can enable the child to develop competence in the outside world of school, peer group and community.

Therapeutic Input at Stamford House

For quality and consistency Family Care employs its own therapeutic team. The team are all qualified therapists, registered with HCPC. Our therapist meets with the team twice a month through a ‘consultation model.’ Research shows that consultation is the most effective model of delivering therapeutic interventions, through a staff team, in a systemic way. This creates the ideal conditions for direct work where this is deemed appropriate.

Therapeutic governance enhances risk management and provides a further layer of safeguarding, not only the young people in our care but also for the teams caring for them.

At Family Care we believe that integrating therapeutic support into residential practice strengthens and empowers existing staff’s knowledge and skills. This improves team resilience, job satisfaction, helps to reduce turnover and contributes to consistently positive outcomes for the children and young people in our care.

“The staff are very to get along with. They understand that they have a job to do but they still have a laugh and joke with you. They are very easy to talk to and trust.”
Young Person - 2015

The Stamford House team are committed to helping our children and young people achieve their full potential as we guide them towards independence. Consistent care with a sensitive approach helps the young people feel valued, whilst learning the essential skills to enable them to find their place in society. Stamford House aims to offer our young people a secure base where they can develop their social skills within the boundaries of a safe and homely environment. The team share the belief and ethos that all young people’s progress and development is paramount and central to all that we do.

Manager – John Allen

Young people receive unique care and support that is specific and individualised to meet their assessed needs. Staff are committed to helping young people achieve their individual goals and aspirations and have made a significant contribution to making a difference to young people’s lives.

Ofsted 2015
To find out more about Stamford House and the other services we provide across the UK please contact:
Tel: 01772 647500