St Benets House

"St Benets House is a registered children’s home for children aged between 8 and 18 with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders"

St Benets House provides both short term (respite) and long term care.

At St Benets House we believe in a holistic approach to providing care with a family approach in a family setting to develop young peoples' identity, awareness, self-confidence and independence skills.

We provide a nurturing environment, security and emotional stability to young people identified as having autism, with emotional disorders, learning difficulties/disabilities, mild physical disabilities and complex needs. We look to promote and safeguard the overall health, welfare and development of the young people while they are looked after and allow them to flourish and develop new skills.



We remain sensitive to the needs of young person's religion, cultural identity, disability, language and sexual orientation and ensure each young person is respected as an individual. Through positive behaviour management and the person centred approach, we assist young people to develop acceptable levels of behaviour.

In order to help achieve positive outcomes, the home works very closely with parents and everyone associated with the care of the children such as social workers, psychiatrists, dietitian, special educational needs schools and other support groups and health care professionals. This multi-disciplinary approach helps to ensure that the child’s needs are fully assessed and arrangements put into place to meet these needs.


St Benets House is a beautiful and spacious six bedroom house in Hornchurch, providing quality care for young people with autistic spectrum disorder and learning disabilities.

St Benets House is a fantastic setting in a quiet residential cul-de-sac. We have a large sensory room, bean bags to relax on, sensory boards and a slide show projector.

We offer 6 bedrooms, weighted blankets and mood lighting with a good sized garden with a large trampoline and a sensory area.

We offer a large selection of games and sensory toys and operate PECS communication system as well as signing

Our activities programme reflects individual needs as well as being based upon the developmental age of the children in occupancy. .

At St Benets House we encourage participation in leisure interests within the local community and participation in internal activities that engender and build self-esteem and confidence. We actively seek to support and promote the principals of social inclusion and to this end, children and young people are encouraged to participate in community activities.

All activities are appropriately supervised. The activities vary from swimming, visiting theme parks, zoos, the beach, shopping, horse riding, trampoline parks, meals out and the cinema. (Risk assessments would be undertaken as appropriate)

The home provides board games as well as other facilities including: arts and crafts, sensory play, TV and DVD player. A safe garden is available to the rear of the premises which includes a trampoline.

The home celebrates birthdays, Christmas, Diwali and other religious festivals and cultural events, encouraging and promoting the children and young people to learn about cultural and religious differences.

St Benets House is able to provide accommodation for up to 6 young people aged 8 - 18. We offer both short term (respite) and long term care.

A short stay at St Benets House enables the young person and their families/carers respite and time to step back from their normal responsibilities or situation. The staff at St Benets House are fully trained and experienced in dealing with the challenges of young people with autism or learning disabilities so that everyone knows that the young person is in safe hands

In some situations, longer term care may be required and St Benets House can provide the 24 hour specialist care and support that is needed in these instances.

Each new referral is considered on its individual merits with an understanding of the person being referred and also the group needs of the young people already resident/having respite in the home.

For all referral information, please contact the Homes’ Manager, Ricky Phelan by telephone on 01708 450753 Homes Manager, - Ricky Phelan

Ofsted registration: 1257022

Statement of Purpose

Homes Manager

Ricky Phelan


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