Belstead Mews

Ipswich, Suffolk

Belstead Mews is a six bed residential care home providing a transitional service for 12-18 year olds with learning disabilities, moderate challenging behaviours and autistic spectrum conditions.


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Providing a homely, supportive environment, this OFSTED registered service promotes boundaries for young people who require stability and security.

Individuals are supported in developing essential life skills to help with their transition from childhood to adulthood.

Staff support individuals to identify their aspirations and help them to gain the skills they need to reach their goals. Ultimately, for some individuals, independent living is the goal.

In all cases Belstead Mews seeks to support individuals through careful assessment and planned risk taking. Structured key sessions help to promote the development of social skills to avoid isolation and aid inclusion in the life of the home and wider community.

Nearby Ipswich has many amenities including a cinema, shops, bowling alley, cafes, restaurants and many other leisure facilities. There are good  transport links near the home to support people to get out and about.

The teams work closely with parents as well as local education providers to promote ongoing learning.

Adjacent to Belstead Mews, and acting as a potential follow-on service, Belstead Villa supports 18-25 year olds in four self-contained flats. Here individuals can develop their life skills and experience greater independence as they prepare to move to adult services.

Residential Services

  • Residential service for 12-18 year olds – male and female
  • 6 bedrooms with en-suites
  • Good Ofsted rating

Call: 0808 223 5320


  • Bright lounge
  • Communal areas
  • Dining room
  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Pleasant gardens
  • Sensory room

We are 95% compliant across inspectorate bodies, CQC, Ofsted, The Care Inspectorate Wales and The Scottish Care Inspectorate for residential and supported living care (Figure stated as at October 2022)

Ofsted Rating “Good” – Report February 2020
"A social worker said, ‘My child has progressed in his health and his communication skills and he looks so much healthier, especially in his appearance. The staff do whatever is needed for the children. They go above and beyond."

"The staff support the children’s attainment in education through the maintenance of good routines, the staff’s participation in multi-agency meetings and the review of services. All the children attend an education provision. A headteacher said, ‘The support that the staff give the children is unbelievable. They [the staff] see themselves as the children’s parents. They go that extra mile.’"

"The manager leads by example, putting the children first and aspiring for them to achieve, enjoy life and make good progress. She ensures that the home operates in line with the statement of purpose. This is achieved through active communication with the children, staff and external professionals. As a result, the children continue to receive a good standard of care."

"The manager has good insight into the children’s strengths, vulnerabilities and progress from their starting points. She offers good support to the staff through her daily presence at the home and leads a dedicated staff team that is experienced in caring for children who have complex needs."

"Partnership working is strong. The manager and staff embrace a multi-agency approach to children’s care."

"Care and support planning are well organised, detailed and helpful. Records contain good levels of information and provide a unique picture of each child. The staff understand the children well and use their knowledge carefully to think about what events and behaviours mean, in order to help the children to progress."

Views & Opinions

“The registered manager provides exceptional leadership and support to the staff team. She is an excellent role model and is ambitious for children and staff.”

Quote taken from Ofsted Report - February 2019

“Staff encourage the children to take part in a rich variety of activities. These activities develop children’s social skills and help them to learn.”

Quote taken from Ofsted Report - February 2019

“Relationships between children and staff are remarkable. Staff genuinely want children to achieve, and they work extremely hard to support the children to make progress. The impact of the care that children receive results in excellent outcomes and progress.”

Quote taken from Ofsted Report - February 2019

“Children’s safety is at the centre of all practice.”

Quote taken from Ofsted Report - February 2019

“I cannot praise them [the staff] enough. The progress that my child has made is amazing. All of the care plans and even the decoration of her bedroom have been drawn up in conjunction with me.”

Relative - Ofsted Report - February 2019