The Good Shepherd Centre’s secure service provides a safe environment for 12-17 year olds at risk of harm to themselves or others. They are placed under 24 hour supervision and are referred through the Criminal Justice System or the Children’s Hearing System.

The Secure Service consists of three 6 bed houses. Lyle House functions as an assessment house. If the young person remains in the centre following their assessment they will transition into one of the other 2 Houses (Kilpatrick House or Nevis House) where they will undertake specialist intervention services as identified in their assessment.

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Although the house's are secure, we maintain a homely, therapeutic, nurturing environment where the young people can feel safe and accepted.  All young people are encouraged to decorate their own bedrooms to their own taste.

Our employees are trained to the highest standard, they provide reliable consistent support to the young people through every stage of the young person’s stay - entrusting respect, loyalty & hope - they are more than just staff - they are role models for our young people. 

We aim to reduce the young people’s problematic behaviours by enhancing cognitive and competence skills suitable to their age and development. 

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During the day the young people attend school in our Education department, in the evening they relax in the living area and watch TV, play games or engage in a variety of activities. The young people plan their activities together which encourages them to work as a team.

The young people are supported to learn basic daily life skills such as laundry, cooking and cleaning; however, this is dependent on their age and stage of development.

Exit interviews show that:   97% of young people   99% of parents/carers    99% of social workers  Felt that young people’s stay in the Good Shepherd Centre helped them address the issues that led them being placed in secure care.
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