Empowering Young People Through Education

Contexts for The Secure and Specialist Settings

Hospital Settings

The adolescent inpatient and forensic services of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust provides inpatient services to young people aged12-18years.The service falls under the mental health directorate and every person supported has an individualised care plan developed for their recovery.

Austen House Hospital

Austen House is a 14 bed, low secure, forensic hospital that provides support for children and young people with specialist mental health needs. Young people admitted are both male and female and aged between 12 and 18 years. Young people using the service have complex mental health needs which means they may pose a risk to themselves.

Young people admitted to Austen House are detained under the Mental Health Act and may be subject to Ministry of Justice restrictions.

Bluebird House

Bluebird House is a 20 bed, purpose built, medium secure forensic hospital that specialises in the treatment of emerging personality disorders in young people, male and female, aged between 12 and 18 years.

 Bluebird House admits young people who require nursing within a secure environment, whose mental health means that they may pose a risk to themselves or others.

 Young people admitted to Bluebird House are detained under the Mental Health Act and may be subject to Ministry of Justice restrictions.

 Leigh House

Leigh House is a specialist, acute adolescent inpatient unit providing up to 21 beds for young people, male and female,  aged between 12 and 18 years who are experiencing severe and complex mental health difficulties, including depression and psychotic disorders. The service has specialist expertise in treating young people with anorexia nervosa.

 Young people are usually referred with the agreement of the young person and their family or carers. In some cases, young people are admitted under the Mental Health Act.

 Swanwick Lodge

This secure, residential, 16-bedded children’s home is managed by the local authority. It is intended for young people, male and female, between 10 and 17 years old who have been identified as needing their liberty restricted. Those admitted may have complex needs and present a significant risk of harm to themselves or to others. The stabilisation model is used which focuses on a whole team, relationship-based approach to enabling the young person to achieve improved emotional stability and behaviour control

 Young people admitted to Swanwick Lodge are the subject of section 25 of the Children Act 1989 and placed by local authorities. 

Future You

Future You is a hybrid tutoring provision intended as a short-term intervention for those learners unable to access a mainstream setting due to ill health or other exceptional circumstances. The aim of this service is to: provide a supportive environment where all can excel and to enable all to reintegrate back into mainstream education.

The service is commissioned by education providers, Hampshire Education and Inclusion, SEND teams and Social Care. It encompasses a dedicated team of tutors who provide a tailored service to meet the needs of the individual. Schools can buy in time for English, maths, science, PSHE and other more bespoke packages, for learners across Key Stages 3 and 4.


There is a page of useful educational links that can be found HERE. It includes various learning from home resources.

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