Gables House

For boys and girls aged 10-18

Gables House is a residential therapeutic community with a special school, providing specialist therapeutic care, education and treatment for ‘hard to place’ children with complex needs aged 10-18.  The home occupies a beautiful detached house with an extensive garden and woods situated in a rural location near Tenterden in Kent.

Gables House specializes in the treatment of children who present with severe emotional, psychological and behavioural problems including sexualized and other disturbing behaviours as a result of attachment difficulties rooted in early life trauma and abuse.

Gables House uses Childhood First’s unique and effective Integrated Systemic Therapy, which focuses on healing trauma and enabling healthy attachments and relationships, so that children can achieve exceptional outcomes in every aspect of their lives.

All Childhood First care and education staff are therapeutically trained to enable children to work through their experiences of past trauma in a safe and comfortable environment designed for group living and learning.  Gables House combines individual therapy with a strong group-based culture which helps children engage with their difficulties, and support one another in recovering and achieving their potential.  

Education at Gables House

Young People at Gables House attend the onsite provision of Greenfields School, supplemented by external provision where appropriate, offering an holistic curriculum encompassing all the relevant Key Stages.  The curriculum is combined with therapeutic approaches which aim to develop and prepare young people for transitions and understanding of life in modern Britain.  They are also provided with off-site sporting opportunities, educational trips and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Classes are small, allowing individual attention for each young person. 

Placement and Family Support Service 

This dedicated service is available to support the whole family and network of each young person 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 young person 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 Gables House Director to visit the child, and the child to visit Gables House to meet both staff and children.
  3. Arrival date to be agreed.