Our schools and homes support children and young people living with social, emotional and mental health problems (SEMH) and specific learning difficulties, which affects their learning and ability to do everyday things. Our dedicated autism (ASC) schools work with young people who are high functioning and have associated needs such as mental health problems, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and learning difficulties.
Our schools follow the National Curriculum and we have a strong educational focus in our schools and homes to give young people the very best start in life. We understand that we are the start of the pathway for young people and we support them to build the foundations for their future. We look at the needs of each individual young person and finding the right educational and residential option for them.
For many of our young people their previous experience in education has been a negative one, so we aim to offer a positive reintroduction to school, to re-ignite a passion for learning and achieving. They can safely redevelop a sense of identity and belonging in our schools and homes.
We provide therapeutic and holistic approaches alongside our education, to ensure we meet the full needs of each young person. Our homes work all year round to provide young people with a caring family environment, many of who will have had previous placement breakdowns and not experience the care and support they deserve. We offer a nurturing approach but also ensure boundaries and structure are in put place to provide children and young people with the ability to learn, flourish and be happy.
Kedleston Group’s Local Promise
Under the Children Act 1989, accommodation provided by local authorities for looked after children must be “within the local authority’s area” unless this is “not reasonably practicable”. Kedleston Group recognises the importance of children living in placements as close to their home areas as possible whenever possible. As part of this we promise to:
- Fully consider and explore referrals for local children whose needs are covered by our statement of purpose.
- Discuss possible placements with professionals and agencies involved in supporting the child.
- Work with geographically close local authorities to support children back to their local areas.