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Just like its namesake, Cairn keeps our YPs on the right path

Tight Team

Consistent care

Small Home

More focused


Peaceful area

Cairn is a small home on the edge of a village near Colchester. Its quiet setting offers a safe base from which to venture out. Our team is a close-knit unit, and seeing the same faces more regularly allows better relationships with the young people. We use some psychodynamic practices to help our young people understand why they feel the way they do, and our carers focus on attachment to build strong foundations and restore self-belief.

At a glance


Please send referrals to info@shalamarchildren.co.uk


Key Details

comfy home
Plenty of space - room to be themselves

Cairn is a comfortable home with plenty of room for each of our 3 residents. Multiple living spaces allow everyone to do their own thing and to feel at home.

girls only
Single-Sex Home - for a safer environment

While we would like the home to be open for any and all who need it, we find that not mixing sexes leads to a much more settled home. Therefore, Cairn will only be accepting female referrals.

good options
Education - local schools

Multiple options with good ratings and easy access means schooling from Cairn is not a problem. Our team work with the schools to create solutions that help our residents ease in at their own pace.

Dedicated Therapist - voluntary talks

Isola is visited regularly by our therapist, who provides monthly reports to help both us and our young people keep a better current understanding of their minds and their needs.

best practice
Regular Training - staff keep up with current standards

With frequent training and advice updates, our carers are always using the best methods, both in general and in specific regard to our residents' individual requirements.

rural with access
Rural Location - quiet but not isolated

Cairn is situated on the edge of civilisation, with both village life and open space accessible nearby. It has easy road links both into town and to the rest of the country via motorways.

Get In Touch

Contact Us

For general contact:

please use the adjacent form
messages will be forwarded to the relevant staff

To reach manager directly:

please respect that the manager is very busy

For referrals:

you may not receive a response if we're getting a lot of these

Office hours

weekdays 09:00 - 16:00