Oakwood House

For boys and girls aged 13-18

Oakwood House is a residential therapeutic community with a special school, providing specialist therapeutic care, education and treatment for up to four children with complex needs aged 13-18.  The home occupies a beautiful detached house with an extensive garden and woods situated in a rural location near Tenterden in Kent.

Oakwood 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. Oakwood 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.  

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.