Earthsea House

For boys and girls aged 5-14

Earthsea House is a residential therapeutic community, with an on-site special school, providing specialist therapeutic care, education and treatment for a group of up to 11 children aged 5-14.

The home occupies a purpose-built house, with a particularly attractive interior, every part of which was designed with the needs of our children in mind.  It is situated within landscaped grounds based in a rural village north-west of Norwich.

Earthsea House provides therapeutic care, treatment and education, and specialises in the treatment of children who present severe emotional and behavioural problems, including sexualised behaviour, as a result of attachment difficulties usually rooted in early life trauma.

Through the use of our unique Integrated Systemic Therapy, which focuses on healing trauma and enabling healthy attachments and relationships, children achieve exceptional outcomes in every aspect of their lives.

We have consistently been commended for the quality of our provision in statutory inspections. Our staff are highly trained to enable children to work through their experiences of past trauma in a safe and comfortable environment designed for group living and learning. We provide a strong group-based culture which helps children engage with their difficulties, and support one another in recovering and achieving their potential.  Children are thus enabled to move on to mainstream or less specialised placements, and to manage future placements with less disruption and distress.

Education at Earthsea

Earthsea Short Stay School, next door to Earthsea House, is part of Unity Education Trust and offers a broad and balanced curriculum and a high level of specialist support. Childhood First works closely with statutory education colleagues to ensure that the complex emotional and cognitive needs of all Earthsea House pupils are met.

Placement and Family Support Service 

This dedicated service is available to support the whole family and network of each child in our care. Working together, we aim to promote the recovery of both the child and, where possible, the family. Where a child’s next placement is fostering or adoption, we work closely with all concerned to prepare the child and the family, and to ensure that the fostering or adoption placement is a success.

When it is time for a child to move on, the Placement and Family Support Service helps the family and network think and plan each step. Some children may continue with part of their treatment: staying on at school, continuing with therapy and family support at home, for example. Others may move on completely, but may need a more intensive package of support. We are able to tailor what we provide to each individual.

Referral Process

  1. Initial telephone conversation to result in request for relevant documentation, such as detailed chronology, core assessment, EHCP, psychological/psychiatric reports and copy of statement of SEN etc.
  2. Reciprocal visits, normally including Earthsea House Director to visit the child, and the child to visit Earthsea to meet both staff and children.
  3. Arrival date to be agreed.