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Bay House

Bay House is registered to provide short breaks for up to 5 young people with learning disabilities, associated social and communication needs, physical disabilities and some life limiting conditions.

We provide planned short breaks for children & young people in the Dorset area as well as emergency placements if the need arises.

Bay House is very homely and designed with children & young people are the centre of everything that we do. Children and young people have a great time when they come to stay.
Children and Young People participate in a wide range of activities that are fun and safe. We pride ourselves on delivering a person centred service, personalising activities to individual needs, wants and wishes.

The flyer for our service can be found here.


Bay House is located in Weymouth, Dorset. Our contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Regulation and registration

Bay House is registered with OFSTED to provide short breaks in a children’s home setting to children and you people with physical disabilities and learning disabilities. Bay House’s unique reference number (URN) is 1221437.

Our latest OFSTED report can be found here.

Our statement of purpose can be accessed here.

We support children, young people and adults within the below age ranges and conditions

Children and Young People: +5 to 17

Conditions: learning disabilities, physical disabilities and complex social and communication needs.

Services we provide:

  • Safe and caring home environment in which to enjoy a short break
  • Carefully planned individual services
  • Opportunity to achieve positive childhood experiences
  • Fun filled breaks in a secure environment with experienced and creative staff team
  • Person centred care and support focused on the individual outcomes for each young person
  • Consistent staff team trained to support children and young people trained to provide specialist support
  • Use of augmentative communication systems decision to put children at the centre of the decision making tell us how they want to be supported

Referrals to Bay House

If you are interested in Bay House, our contact details can be found here. Our team will be able to tell you about our service. We can arrange a time for you to visit Bay House and have a look around. If you are interested in your child attending Bay House, we will then ask you to complete a referral form.

Once we have received your referral form we will write to your child’s social worker to confirm that we can complete an assessment. We will work in partnership with parents, social workers and the child or young person to complete an assessment to make sure our service is appropriate for the child/young person.

Supporting families

Bay House aims to build open and honest relationships with young people their parents/carers We will always try and support families even when their children/young people are not actually staying at Bay House this has included giving parents a break when they have long hospital stays, supporting with transport, we will always try and help, nothing is impossible, there is always a solution which may be achieved through our holiday clubs or outreach support.


Children and Young People communicate in many different ways and we need to make sure that we ensure that’s everyone’s way of communicating is recognised and valued.

All staff will undertake a range of practical needs led training to enable them to meet the individualised needs of the children, young people or the adults who they will be supporting.

Examples of communication tool and methods include:

  • Makaton ( based on British sign language)
  • PECS (picture exchange communication system)
  • Easy read symbols
  • Picture boards
  • SALT (speech & language therapy)

Behavioural support and specialist training

Potens employs a regional Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Facilitator who works alongside our operational team to support managing children, young people with complex social and communication needs.

Additionally Potens staff complete in-house PBS training which ensures that have the knowledge and confidence to work with young people and adults with complex needs.

Staffing training

All staff members will undertake a comprehensive staff induction. We also complete E-learning, on line training which consists of theory based mandatory training courses. It is required that all staff complete the QCF’s Diploma in Children and Young People’s work force Level 3 and are encouraged to expand knowledge and evidence skill and personal development.

Staff will complete mandatory training in Safeguarding Children level 3, Health and Safety, moving and handling, medication administration, fire safety and Emergency First Aid.

Additionally specialist training completed may include epilepsy awareness, administration of emergency medication, autism awareness, gastro feeding, sign-a-long.
All staff will undertake a range of practical needs led training to enable them to meet the individualised needs of the children, young people or the adults who they will be supporting. This allows us to provide an unparalleled level of service to every person whom we support.

Contact Us

Address: Bay House, Weymouth, Dorset
Telephone: 01305 779979
Email: sarah.kington@potens-uk.com

Potens has multiple agencies in various locations around England and Northern Ireland offering suitable accommodation, supported living, domiciliary care and respite or short breaks. Please see our locations page for more information about services in your area, or please contact us to find out more. If you'd like to make a referral, please go here

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