An Independent School

Residential Care

We run a small portfolio of family-style homes in the Thames Valley, providing each young person with a stable and supportive living environment. Each home is registered to accommodate up to 4 male children/young people between the ages of 11 to 18 who have histories of trauma, disrupted attachments and harmful sexual behaviour. We operate 24 hours a day, 52 weeks a year.

In our homes we follow a Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) informed approach to working with children/ young people. We promote an emotional connection between the child/ young person and the adult before using behavioural correction. We teach prosocial behaviours with warmth, appropriate limits and boundaries. This is achieved through a stance of Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (PACE).

Leaving Care

Leaving Care

We work closely with Placing Authorities to ensure a smooth transition into independence from the Looked After Setting of a Childrens’ Home into Semi-Independence or Supported Living arrangements once a Young Person has turned 18. This is an individualised approach dependent on need, location, risk management plan and any outstanding or ongoing specific Therapy input.

Residential Team

Key People

Vanessa Miller


MSc Forensic Psychology; BSc (Hons) Psychology

Vanessa has over twenty-five years’ experience working in health care, residential & forensic settings with children, young people, and families with complex needs. Initially employed at SWAAY as a Residential Worker, Vanessa has subsequently taken on a variety of roles within the Residential and Therapy teams. Vanessa has been in the role as Head of Care and Designated Safeguarding Lead since 2015. Vanessa holds an honours degree in Psychology, an MSc in Forensic Psychology, and a PG Cert in Asperger Syndrome. She has achieved Levels 3 & 4 in Health & Social Care: Children & Young People, and the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Child Care. She has completed training in Dyadic Developmental Practice Psychotherapy & Parenting Levels 1 & 2. Vanessa is dedicated to promoting a model of Dyadic Developmental Practice across the organisation to support the children and young people to recover from trauma and disrupted attachments through the care, education and therapy that they receive. This includes using the principles of Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (PACE) with the aim of providing attachment security through consistent and attuned approaches.

Ged Berry


Diploma in Youth & Community Work, NVQ 4 in Childcare, NVQ Assessor

After successfully completing a Diploma in Youth & Community Work Studies in the mid 1980’s Ged went on to work in Centre-Based and Detached Youth Work Projects for both Berkshire & Salford Education Authorities. He joined SWAAY in 1995, initially as Care Manager through to Head of SWAAY. After a change of ownership in 2011 he has since worked as the Operations Director & Responsible Individual. In both Youth & Social Work he has sought to maintain the participation and involvement of Children & Young People in decisions affecting their lives applying the principles of Openness and Equal Communication central to his work.

Callie Welch

Registered Home Manager

NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management ; Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy and Parenting

Whilst studying for her degree in Informal Education (Youth Work and Community Development) in East London, Callie was working full time for a charity in Berkshire leading various youth projects in schools, youth clubs, outreach work and overseas exchange groups. Callie created, delivered and managed a project that supported and prepared young people transitioning from primary to secondary school, reaching hundreds of children in Berkshire. Part of Callie’s role was also to work closely with management committees of youth clubs across Berkshire to ensure the highest levels of training, compliance with policies and best youth work practice was being delivered. Callie began to work on projects for young carers, young people out of education and young people identified as vulnerable which is what inspired her to make the change to Children’s Homes. In 2015, Callie started working as a Therapeutic Residential Worker for SWAAY and in 2018 took on the Registered Home Manager role. Callie has completed her NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare and also holds a Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy and Parenting Qualification. Callie is passionate about building a home that allows children and young people to feel safe, nurtured and have creative opportunities to flourish.

Chloë Valentine

Registered Home Manager

Level 5 Diploma in leadership and management; Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy and Parenting qualification

Chloë started her journey in the care industry in 2008 supporting adults with learning disabilities where she obtained a Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care (Adults). Chloë then moved on to work in a Childrens residential care home as a support worker before becoming a senior support worker and then a deputy house manager in 2014. During this time Chloë gained her Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Children and Young People alongside studying Mental Health Nursing where she obtained a Level 4 in Mental Health studies. Chloë joined SWAAY in 2017 as a Deputy Home Manager before going on maternity leave where she returned in July 2019 and took on the Registered Home Manager role. Chloë holds a Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy and Parenting qualification. Chloë enjoys working with young people and believes that everybody deserves the right to a good start in life.

Helen Holt Wells

Registered Home Manager

Level 5 in Residential Management; Level 3 in CYPS, Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety, Level 3 in Assessing NVQ/Diploma in CYPS.

Helen is currently a Registered Home Manager with Swaay, she has been here for over 3 years now. Helen has been working within residential services for over 20 years during which she has qualified in a number of areas such as Level 3 in CYPS, Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety, Level 3 in Assessing NVQ/Diploma in CYPS.

Helen holds a Level 5 in Residential Management, and is also a Foster Carer in my home life for which a great sense of humour comes in handy at SWAAY.

Helen is really passionate about giving young people the opportunities in life to really thrive and have a real chance of having a good life.

Sasha Austria

Registered Home Manager

Level 5 Diploma in leadership & management in health and social care

I have cared for children for twenty-two years; in fostering and secure environments, and as a registered home manager. I am passionate and committed to making a difference to the young people in my care, working with them to give them the best opportunity to turn their lives around. I came to Swaay in 2015 and completed my Diploma level 5 in leadership and management. During my time here I have trained and worked as Designated Safeguarding Officer and am trained to Level 2 in DDP (Dyadic developmental psychotherapy) I manage two SWAAY Homes and I’m proud to have led my team to seven Outstanding residential care inspections.

Sarah Tongue

Registered Home Manager

BA (Hons) Social Work

Sarah has worked with children and young people for over 10 years in a variety of roles and in residential care for over 7 years. Sarah is a qualified Social Worker and has completed the Level 5 Leadership and Management qualification. She has completed training in attachment and uses the principles of PACE. Sarah has specific expertise in working with children who are vulnerable to exploitation and she is a strong champion for children’s rights.

Stef Lambertz

Registered Home Manager

Dip. Pedagogy;NVQ 4 Health and Social Care; Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Practice

Stef has worked at SWAAY since September 2005. She has undertaken various roles including Residential Worker, Senior Residential Worker, Deputy Home Manager and Registered Home Manager. Stef has a Diploma in Pedagogy, and she has achieved NVQ level 3 and 4 in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People), the Leadership and Management Award 2010, and the Assessors Award. Stef is a Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) ambassador, and she has received training in facilitating Restorative Justice. Stef has completed training in Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Practice.

Sarah Baker

Quality Assurance

BSc (Hons) Psychology; LMC Award

Sarah holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and the Management for Care (LMC) award. She began working for SWAAY in July 2002, progressing from a Therapeutic Residential Worker to Registered Home Manager. Sarah has a wealth of experience working alongside Children and Young people who display sexually harmful behaviour whilst supporting the various disciplines within SWAAY. More recently, Sarah has overseen Quality Assurance, policies and procedures, induction for new staff and the design/implementation of SWAAY’s children’s home management software. Sarah is a driven, motivated and organised member of the team at SWAAY.
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