- Children’s Home
- 52 week placements
- 9 – 17
Austen Cottage creates a safe and caring environment where we provide opportunities for children and young people to achieve to the best of their ability. Our home provides care, guidance, support and promotes education and health which in turn promotes the importance of decision making and taking ownership of those decisions. By the use of a nurturing, supportive and consistent approach children and young people are supported to address their feelings and emotions in a safe and manageable way.
Austen Cottage offers residential placements for children of a younger age with complex needs and also young people who are entering into young adulthood. Some of our children and young people will also need support to manage their behaviours and keep themselves safe. We support the children and young people to achieve their full potential, step down into foster care, safe return home and help prepare them for independent living and further education, training, or work. We aim to create a nurturing, family environment which encourages strong bonds between staff, children and young people and creates a setting where improving self-esteem and self-worth is a focus in all the work we do. We strongly believe that children and young people should be supported and encouraged to achieve their ambitions, and in order to do so, building self-esteem must be a priority.
Our intention is that each child/young person will achieve positive outcomes through accessing appropriate education and having their own individual plan which includes objectives and targets for areas including identity, health and wellbeing, self-care, family and positive relationships, life skills, new experiences as well as through being able to thrive, develop and grow in the supportive and therapeutic environment that Austen Cottage provides. This plan is monitored, reviewed, and revised on a regular basis. Austen Cottage works closely with all relevant stakeholders to ensure a consistent multi-agency approach.