How is this different from being fostered?

  • This means a children's home with staff who look after a group of children - the staff don't live there
  • There are larger and smaller homes to suit your needs
  • You will always be able to have your say about what happens to you
  • You will have a social worker to look out for you and other adults you can talk to about anything
  • As you get older you will be helped to look after yourself so you can choose to live on your own if you want

Residential Care

For some children and young people residential care is a better option that foster care because it's a home in a group setting. Staff will work hard to support you and to help you to achieve a more secure, productive future.

There are currently two homes that Leicestershire County Council run for children and young people aged 12 - 17 years. Four smaller homes are also bought in from other providers. This means there is a variety of homes, large and small, to meet everyone's needs.

Some children and young people with more complex health needs, require special help. In this case council workers will think really carefully about what each person needs and then look for the best place for them to live.

Check out the information about our homes...

Welland House

Welland House is a large three storey Victorian house. We have enough room to have up to four young people aged between 12 and 17 years. The young people come from different backgrounds and their stay may be short or longer term.

The home is within walking distance of Market Harborough Town Centre, close to shops, leisure facilities and with good access to public transport.

Greengate House

Greengate House is a large three storey building that offers a home to five young people in the main house. It also has two supported flats to help young people develop the skills they will need to live on their own. It cares for children and young people who need additional support or supervision and can be short term or long term depending on what each person needs.

It's located in the Wigston area of Leicester, near lots of facilities and has excellent public transport networks.

What's it like living in Residential Care?

The approach at both homes is flexible and concerned with meeting the needs of each individual child and young person who lives there. Each young person has their own placement plan, just for them and an allocated care team to make sure the plans are followed properly. Staff try really hard to listen to the views and wishes of the young people. And the young people themselves are always encouraged to be fully involved in all the decisions and plans about themselves, including the day to day life of the home.

Children and young people attend their own schools and they are registered with a doctor, dentist and optician. We work closely with partners in health and education to make sure everyone's needs are met.

Before anyone joins our homes we arrange for them to visit and talk about what they like or dislike. We encourage children and young people to bring their own belongings and help them to feel at home as quickly as possible.

Support and Independent Visitors

When you live in one of our homes you will keep your social worker who will visit you regularly and help you with your future. They will keep in touch with your families and make sure you have what you need. Amongst the staff in the home you will have a key worker who will talk to you about how you feel and sort out any issues that arise.

You can also have an independent visitor who is someone just for you who can take you out and talk to you about how you feel.

We have a Children's Rights Officer who can help you and support you at meetings and you also have an Independent Reviewing Officer who will make sure that you are consulted about any decisions and plans for you. They will chair your review meetings and make sure that you are asked what you think and listened to.

We want you to feel settled and happy in your home and we know that sometimes you worry about things. We want you to remember:


  • Talking about things helps to get them sorted
  • Always tell someone you trust how you feel and what your think
  • Let people like your social worker and the staff help you
  • Keep asking questions until you understand the answers

Preparing for Independence

We will help you to feel ready to look after yourself and to make good decisions about your own future. Staff will help you to develop your self confidence and your belief that you are going to be OK. We will also help you to learn about all the things you need to know about becoming an adult like cooking, budgeting, making relationships etc.