'What is particularly poignant about children and young people in public care is that, unlike the common, media-fuelled perception of these children and young people belonging to 'hoodie' gangs, subject to anti-social behaviour orders and who are 'terrorising' communities, the majority of children who are taken into care are there through no fault of their own. The office for National Statistics (2005) found that the reasons for placement were; abuse and neglect (42%), family dysfunction (13%), intense family stress (12%), parental illness (7%) and socially unacceptable behaviour (6%)'

R.J.(Sean) Cameron and Colin Maginn

Our Children

The young people we look after are between 11 - 17 years of age - they are with us for a variety of reasons.

As professionals we are there to care for them & arm them with the tools to succeed in life.

Our young people enjoy a range of activities and they are given the opportunity to volunteer & help their neighbours. We would love for anyone reading this to suggest new ways for us to engage our young people; either via work placement opportunities, volunteering, acitivies etc.

Our young people are often labelled with EBD.
This is Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties. People often judge young people on their external behaviour, such as shouting, swearing, acting aggressive etc. As professionals we prefer to think of EBD as both their internal behaviour & external behaviour.

As caring professionals working with these young people we know this external behaviour is mostly led by internal factors. The young person does not have the tools to fully articulate feelings of isolation, anxiety, withdrawel etc. Sometimes our young people have not developed the 'correct' coping mechanisms for what has happened in their short lives. They do not have the luxury of hindsight that many adults possess.

Sometimes the 'negative behaviour' is actually a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation. Our young person may be trying to process & understand previous abuse, dysfunction & family stress during the 'wrong time'. This negative behaviour is their best efforts at articulating & understanding these feelings.

Young people in crisis may self harm, run away, lash out, place themselves in vulnerable situations etc. Through education, counselling and support we aim to implement stratagies to give the young person stability.

While with us, our young people engage in education such as their GCSE's and A Levels as well as Vocational Qualifications such as ASDAN awards. We encourage all of our young people to go on separate activities and truly find their hidden talents. Some of our young people take singing lessons, trampolining, street dance, joinery etc.

Ultimately our young people are no different than anyone else. They want to integrate within society and they all have ambitions.