The children and young people that we care for have experienced significant adversity and trauma in their life's and at times can be angry and upset at the world around them. We are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment where young people can begin to make sense of what they have experienced, learn to place trust in the adults caring for them, and begin to recognise their strengths and what they are capable of achieving.
We value the individuality of young people and the need to meet very different needs with flexible, innovative and child-centred approaches. Young people sit at the centre of everything we do and are actively encouraged to play a meaningful part in the life of the school and the residential setting. Building quality relationships with young people and promoting a culture of mutual respect is of primary importance and one of our key strengths recognised in our inspection reports.
“Young people received very affectionate and strongly nurturing care. The development of meaningful, rewarding relationships and high levels of continuity and security were central to all the service’s work.
Staff used a very respectful approach in their interactions with young people, promoting their dignity and privacy. They valued young people’s diversity and recognised their individual worth. They were flexible and tolerant but provided appropriate boundaries. Young people had lots of opportunities for voicing their opinions.
Staff made wide use of aids for those with additional communication needs and regularly used visual tools and social stories, to very good effect. The service had also enabled young people to have independent advocacy to enable their views to be heard when significant decisions were being made."
Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate report – March 2020
Our continued vision for the future is to ensure that all young people in our care are provided with an environment that allows them to recover from their experiences, to grow and learn, and begin to make positive steps for their future. We are committed to ensuring that that young people achieve in school, in the houses and in the community and develop a positive sense of identify and self-esteem.