Our Homes and Teams


The Homes

Cornerways has two homes which are situated in West Sussex and East Surrey, both in desirable residential locations sited on the edge or just outside their local town or village. Our school sits centrally and within easy driving distance of each.

We believe strongly in the importance of the environment to the therapeutic process and for promoting psychological wellbeing. We therefore put considerable effort and thought into making each home;

'A place that feels cared for; a comfortable, loving and nurturing place to be. A place that the child feels part of, where they belong and where their uniqueness as an individual is reflected back in the environment around them' ( Barton, Gonzalez, Tomlinson 2012) or as Bettelheim (1974) put it ' A Home For The Heart'.

The decor and furnishings are carefully chosen to support these aims. Carers and young women are encouraged to personalise their home with personal decorative items or photos which can greatly facilitate the child's attachment and sense of belonging.

The young women have their own bedrooms which are all spacious and attractively furnished. The young people are encouraged to personalise rooms and all are decorated to their own taste.

Recreational facilities at both houses are chosen to give the young people a chance to experience some missed childhood experiences. There is, therefore, a selection of toys, games, books, art and craft materials and the young people are encouraged to enter into structured play activities.

In the lounge there is a TV and DVD and in the bedrooms each young woman has a TV and facilities to play music. The homes also have various sporting equipment, both have large trampolines, bikes and fitness equipment.

The homes are situated in an ideal area for accessing a wide variety or external activities and outdoor pursuits in the surrounding towns and country side which includes the Surrey and South Downs. London and the south coast are also easily accessible for day trips.

The homes have the same general admission criteria, and work to the same model of practise although each has its own identity and areas of strength and expertise and therefore one or other may be more suited to certain individual needs and personalities. The largest is spacious and also more rural and may therefore be more geographically containing for some young people. The other is more compact and thereby more environmentally containing for some. The management team jointly discuss and assess all suitable referrals to ensure appropriate placement matching.

The White House

The White House is a detached property surrounded by attractive gardens situated on the edge of the village of Merstham in Surrey. The house is a large attractive family style home with the accommodation comprising of a homely family kitchen where young people are encouraged and supported to help with preparing food for communal meals; a comfortable and attractively furnished dining/living room; a conservatory, used as the young women's study room as well as a meeting and direct work room; a utility room and office. There are also 5 good sized resident's bedrooms, 2 sleep in rooms, a bathroom and two shower rooms. The White House is registered for up to 5 residents.

The home is near to the M25 and Merstham has train links into London and the south coast offering ease of contact for families and visitors.


Woodend is a large detached family style house, set in large wooded gardens in a semi rural location between Horley and Gatwick. The house is spacious at the same time as being very homely and comfortable in feel. The accommodation comprises a very large kitchen/dining room, with has a computer bar /study area at one end for the young women's use; a large but cosy living room; a utility room; meeting/ direct work room; six spacious bedrooms; plus 2 sleep in rooms and an office .There is also an annexe containing a small gym. Woodend is registered for 6 residents.

The home is near to the M25 and M23 and Horley and Gatwick BR Stations which provide good links to London, the south coast and southern counties and therefore provides good accessibility for family and professional contacts from the southern counties and London.


Our Staff and Teams

Cornerways care staff are a group of committed and passionate individuals who work positively with the young women to effect change and empower their lives.

We place a strong emphasis on effective staff recruitment, retention and development strategies and have very stable teams with many long term staff. We aim to ensure staff groups are representative of the diversity of the young woman with regard to race and ethnicity as well as experience and knowledge base to meet individual needs. Our care staff comprise individuals with experience and or qualifications across a broad range of complementary disciplines including psychology, teaching, social work, fostering and health. This provides a rich knowledge pool from which the service, staff and young people can draw and learn.

Each home has a Registered Manager and a small dedicated core staff team. These teams are supported by two peripatetic staff and our own pool of bank workers thus eliminating the need for external agency staff and promoting the continuity of care.

Our registered managers aside from significant experience of residential child care also bring diverse knowledge and skills from different fields of work.

The Residential Management Team

Sara Milner - Service Manager

Sara has worked in social care since 1988 working with children and families within youth offending, residential child care and statutory social work fields for three different Local Authorities before moving to Cornerways. Sara has significant experience as a residential child care manager and field social worker, latterly as a senior social work practitioner within a Duty and Assessment team undertaking complex child protection work. Sara also spent a period of time working for a specialist sexual assault, victimisation and intervention project in the USA and is also a long term member of the Cornerways Fostering panel.

Dip Social Work. RCC – Registered managers Award. MDP Management Cert. HCPC Registered

Home Manager - Woodend

We are currently in the process of recruiting a new Manager for Woodend and meantime Sara Milner, Service Manager is acting as Home Manager.

Amanda Castles- Home Manager  - The White House

Amanda  commenced her employment with Cornerways in October 2003, initially as  a Residential Child Care Worker, and progressed to become a Senior Residential Care worker in Sept 2005 and  Deputy Manager in Oct 2007 before taking up her current Manager's post in April 2014. Amanda  motivation for working within children and young people came from  her experience of growing up in a family that fostered Looked after Children.

 NVQ Level 3 children and young people  and LMA Leadership Management Award Level 4 C&YP.