Children’s Complex

We offer two different children’s services for young people with complex health or behavioural problems. Both are located in the North East of England.

Granville Lodge in Hartlepool provides round the clock specialist care for young people up to the age of 18 years with complex physical health problems who simply cannot be looked after at home.  They either have severe physical or learning disabilities, a combination of the two or long-term conditions such as cerebral palsy or hydrocephalus.

At Huntercombe House Stockton we care for young people up to the age of 18 years who have been diagnosed with a learning disability or who display challenging behaviour associated with their diagnosis.  Many of the young people we support also have emotional or behavioural problems that cause them to behave in a challenging way.  Some of our young people stay with us on a long-term placement, others for a short time only.  All staff have experience of supporting children with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

We believe that everyone we care for has the potential to take steps forward with us, to improve, to learn to grow – physically, mentally, socially.  Even if that transformation is small, it is still a source of delight and pride for our young people, their families and our teams. We never give up on believing in the young people we care for.

Services provided


We have given great thought to the environments at our two children’s services to make sure they are homely yet suitable for the young people we look after.   Children staying with us permanently can decorate their own rooms, just as they can at home, and we encourage our young people, wherever possible, to be part of the running of their home and to try out new experiences.

Some of our children join us at an early age, others join us in their early teens as their condition becomes increasingly difficult to manage at home.   We want our children to feel like they’re part of a family – we get to know every child, their character and their hopes and we believe we give a level of personal support not matched elsewhere.

Short break

Both our services offer a short break option, also called ‘respite care’. Our short break option is popular with families with severely disabled children living permanently at home who, from time-to-time, need a break from their caring responsibilities. A short break at either of our children’s homes also offers the opportunity for young people to make friends, encounter new experiences and allows us the chance to assess and offer some practical suggestions for their ongoing care at home.

Families often use our ‘short break’ option early on in their children’s lives and, on a regular basis, with the view that, should the need arise for residential children’s care at any point in the future, their child is already familiar with our team and the environment. Families with disabled children can receive some support with funding for respite care.

Conditions we manage

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Brain Injuries
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Challenging Behaviours
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Learning Disabilities

Call our referrals team on 0330 660 5555