Support for children in care

We support children and young people in care with fostering, adoption and residential care services.

Just as importantly, we help them build happy, healthy, independent futures for when they leave care.

We provide a positive choice for those with the most complex and challenging needs through a range of residential homes and services.


Residential childcare

With an experienced, qualified, dedicated and caring team, we ensure a nurturing, structured and homely environment where children and young people can feel valued, stay safe and grow strong.

Working together with children and young people, professionals, parents and local communities, we help ensure those in residential care get the same life chances as their peers.

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Providing access to support services to improve outcomes

With services like our Intensive Supervised Structured Care (ISSC) Project in Ayrshire, we support young people at risk of going into secure or long-term residential care.

ISSC offers offence-focused intervention, individual and group work programmes of social care, life skills and education/training through intensive staff support.

It can be difficult for those in residential care to form new, positive relationships because of past experiences. Our integrated therapeutic support helps young people get a sense of belonging and identity.

"I didn't like to help people, but since I came here staff are so nice to me and I am nice to other people."

A young person in one of our residential services

Helping the transition to independent living

Our care leaver services offer a range of support for young people who are leaving local authority care.

Our main focus is suitable education, training, employment and accommodation programmes. But we also offer a variety of other support:

  • Advisers for young people, under the provision of the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000
  • Individual support, advice, advocacy and training to prepare for adulthood
  • Access to suitable accommodation
  • Maximising education, training, employment, health and leisure opportunities
  • Regular contact with young people, including drop-in services
  • Intensive support to particularly vulnerable young people
  • Working with partners such as the Youth Offending Team, probation service, and health, drug and alcohol services

Support when it is needed most

Our independent visitors are there for young people who have little or no contact with their parents. As adult volunteers, they offer a great deal of support: visiting them regularly and helping them to make decisions about their life.

By providing a safe and reliable relationship, our independent visitors encourage a young person's social, emotional, cultural and educational development.

Some of our young people have had the same visitor for over 10 years and many view this person as the most significant adult in their lives.

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