Southgate is a registered multi occupancy home which provides accommodation for up to four young people of both genders with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. The home is located within easy reach of the local amenities within Pontefract town centre.

Manager: Amanda Farnaby

Ethos of Southgate

The ethos of the home is underpinned by the organisations model of care. The staff team are committed to the young people who live at Southgate to ensure that they achieve their full potential. Holistic individualised child focussed packages of care are evolved for the young people in conjunction with NSCAP and all professionals who are involved with the young people. Southgate provides a nurturing environment which supports the young people to achieve a sense of permanency.

Age of Young People

Southgate can accommodate young people of any age; however normally they are between 8 and 18 years old. The admission process is robust and includes the completion of a shared living risk assessment which allows the young people’s needs to be carefully matched with co-residents, including age, specific needs and stage of emotional development to ensure that the placement is in the best interests of all young people.

At Southgate we prefer planned placements as this gives new young people the opportunity to visit the home and meet the staff team and the other young people prior to them moving in. However we recognise that there may be occasions where emergency placements may be required, and we are sometimes in a position to offer this. This decision would only be made after consideration of the suitability of the young person being referred. It would be expected that a review would take place within 7 working days of the young person’s admission in the case of a planned move to ascertain whether it is in the young person’s best interests to remain at the home or to move onto a different placement. In the case of an emergency admission the review should take place never more than 72 hours after admission.


Southgate is a large six-bedroom detached house with a large rear garden. The garden is ideal for outdoor activities, for example, football, badminton and tennis. The ground floor comprises of a kitchen, dining room, lounge, utility room, toilet, education /indoor activity room and office. The indoor activity room has an x-box a pool table and an air hockey table. There is a private area within the home for young people to study and make a telephone call etc.

Southgate strives to create and maintain a homely environment for the young people to feel safe and secure. The daily routine of the home is centred around the needs of the young people. This is achieved by encouraging the young people to personalise their surroundings by actively involving them in choosing décor and furnishings for the home and personalising their own bedroom. The young people receive an allowance when they first move into the home so that they can purchase items of their choice to personalise their bedrooms. All shared areas of the home are accessible to young people. In the interest of confidentiality young people do not have access to the staff office.