Placement Criteria

Penarth House  is a 6 bedded residential home and Kamina House is a 5 bedded residential home, both homes aim to care and support children/young people who have a range of emotional complex needs through suffering either emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical aggression or neglect. The decision to admit a young person to the home will be the responsibility of the Registered Provider in conjunction with the Registered Manager.

Subject to risk assessments, and the other residents Penarth House can accommodate:

  • Young people who are victims of trauma
  • Young people with low self-esteem or who lack confidence
  • Young people who are emotionally or behaviorally challenging
  • Young people who have been considered as more difficult to place
  • Young people who have been the victims of abuse or domestic violence
  • Young people with a history of criminal convictions
  • Young people with a history of drug or alcohol use.
  • Young People with learning difficulties.
  • Young People with ADHD or Autistic Spectrum

Admission Requirements

Before a young person can be admitted to either Penarth House or Kamina House, a full risk assessment of his or her needs must be carried out.


In the case of emergency referrals,Penarth Group recommends that an assessment period of one month is required to be able to constructively offer the best support and suitability of the placement of the young person.

The assessment period would consider all aspects of the young person’s integration into the home environment, their own views on the appropriateness of the placement and the impact on the other young people already in residence.

Admissions Procedure

Admissions to either Penarth House or Kamina House,  will always aim to be planned as Penarth Group considers this good practice. In this scenario, the Registered Manager and the Head Teacher from Penarth Group School (if school placement is also requested) will visit the young person at their current home so that they can introduce Penarth Group and discuss and assess with the young person their needs.

  • The young person will be invited to visit the home for an introductory visit (if this is appropriate) before their admission to the home.
  • Assessment of the young person’s needs will take the following into account:
  • The young person’s history and age
  • Their background and a pen picture of their family
  • Their health needs (including allergies)
  • Their emotional and behavioral needs
  • Their cultural and social needs
  • The level of support they require
  • The level of behavioral support required
  • Educational needs
  • Any potential risks posed to them by other young people
  • Any special circumstances or needs

Once an initial assessment has been completed, the young person, their family or carers (where appropriate) and the social worker from the placing authority, will be invited to meet to discuss the placement further. If it is felt by all parties that the placement should proceed, then a formal contract will be drawn up between the placing authority and Penarth Group.


The young person will be given copies of the ‘Young Person’s Guide’ and our welcome pack, which will be fully explained to them. They will be invited to discuss the general ethos of Penarth Group  with the Registered Manager / Deputy Manager or their Key Worker.


The staff will clearly define what the young person can expect from Penarth Group and the young person will have a clear understanding of what is expected from the young person. They will be asked to help with their reward scheme, identifying and commit to the areas that they need to address in order to demonstrate their commitment to living at Penarth Group. The expected standards of behaviour will be discussed as often as necessary to ensure that the young person has understood.

For emergency admissions, the procedure is for a risk assessment and an assessment of their needs to be undertaken within the first week. This is in addition to information provided by the referring authority.

If young people wish to bring cherished possessions to Penarth Group,  we will record any possessions and belongings and if requested by the young person, we will be happy to keep their valuables locked away in our office.