Swanwick Lodge

A purpose-built local authority secure children's home

Swanwick Lodge provides support and care for up to sixteen young people aged between 10 and 17 years old, who have complex needs and present a significant risk of harm to themselves or to others. Our residents are likely to require on-going assessment, high levels of supervision, multi-agency services and an environment conducive to therapeutic interventions.

We use a relationship-based approach to supporting young people. We help them achieve improved emotional stability and behavioural control by providing a safe environment in which to explore, understand and develop resilience.

Our guide for parents and carers and our guide for residents answer some of the most frequently asked questions. You can also read our most recent Ofsted reports.

All referrals to Swanwick Lodge are made through the National Secure Welfare Commissioning Unit (NSWCU)

Swanwick Lodge

Aims and objectives

Our objective is to ensure that young people are safeguarded. We provide a period of residential care within a safe and secure, therapeutic environment to enable young people to access the specialist services that they need to help them recover from difficult life experiences.

We enable them to develop positive stable relationships, and resettle in their communities where they can make a contribution and improve their life chances and outcomes.

  • We aim to help each young person make sense of their life experiences and regain a sense of worth and value – using therapeutic services.
  • We work with the underlying causes of harmful behaviours to reduce the young person’s propensity to harm themselves or others.
  • We help each young person maximise their life chances by providing quality education and by promoting good physical and emotional health and wellbeing.


Swanwick Lodge has an on-site school which our young people are expected and encouraged to attend. If a young person refuses to attend, or their attendance becomes a cause for concern, a planning meeting will be initiated in accordance with the school’s policy to promote positive attendance.

We design individual education programmes for each young person to help support their return to mainstream school or further education. The school day starts at 9am and finishes at 3.15pm. It includes a range of subjects such as Maths, English, Cooking, PE and Art. Young people can undertake recognised certificates and qualifications depending on how long they are here. We work with each young person to help them succeed in their own way.

A full enrichment programme is available during holiday periods (excluding Christmas and one week during the summer break).

Classroom Art and design facility
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Health and wellbeing

Our Health and Wellbeing team provides health care for Swanwick Lodge’s young people. This NHS service, provided by Avon & Wiltshire Partnership Trust, includes Nurses, Support Workers, General Practitioner, Psychiatrist and Psychologist as well as other visiting health professionals.

Our team works with young people holistically to support their physical and emotional wellbeing. We assess their health care needs using the Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) and involve the young person in their care planning as much as possible.When residents move on, their health information is passed on to their next placement. We work alongside the Looked After Child reviewing process and can liaise with any other health services with whom residents might already be working.

Our Health and Wellbeing team is on-site Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm.


Swanwick Lodge is a 16-bedded facility comprised of two separate residential units. Each young person has their own bedroom with en-suite shower and toilet and the room looks out onto the garden. The bedrooms are designed to ensure maximum security while offering privacy and personal space.

The living accommodation, school and administration blocks are arranged around the perimeter of the site and a central garden provides an area for recreation and activities.

Young people also have access to a range of education and leisure facilities:

  • dining room, lounge
  • quiet area
  • recreational room
  • garden
  • 5-a-side court
  • on-site school
  • gym
  • hair salon
  • fitness suite
  • drama studio


We value feedback, so if you have any observations or comments you would like to make that will help us improve our service or celebrate our achievements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Swanwick Lodge Children's Secure Home
Glen Road
Off Swanwick Lane
SO31 7HD

Tel: 01489 581913
Fax: 01489 572921
Email: swanwick.lodge@hants.gov.uk