• We offer a safe and stuctured environment where young people can begin to safely explore their experiences within a consistent psychologically containing environment.
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  • While our expectation is to offer settled placements of 6 months and more, our admission procedures are sufficiently flexible to take account of urgent situations.
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  • Barford education caters for pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties who have found it difficult to achieve their full potential in the mainstream sector.
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  • We aim to provide the best treatment for each individual child and the best support for significant adults who have the child in mind. We place the child and the adult at the centre of our thinking
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About Barford Children's Services

Barford Children’s Services is an integrated Residential service providing Therapeutic Care and Education to looked after children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. We have four registered homes, a 39 week special school, a total of 21 residential placements, an independent registered school and two homes have registered schools on-site and a therapy centre employing three therapists.

Staffing levels provide 1:1 care and 2:1 when required. All staff receive training, as required by the Childrens Homes Regulations and Quality Standards, with additional training and support in therapeutic interventions. Individual therapeutic work and staff consultation carried out by employed qualified therapists.

Family Therapeutic work can also be provided on request and individual therapeutic sessions to young people.  

The full education curriculum is offered with ASDAN and AQA and this supports young people who may have been disengaged from education and who have complex behavioural needs.

We have established links with a number of placing authorities and work closely with other agencies, including CAMHS, LSCB, YOS and Police to ensure consistency in the individual care packages provided. 

Referrals and admissions will be considered for emergency and long-term in accordance with the needs of young people in placement and placement plans.

A nurturing environment with staff who care and want to achieve the best outcomes for young people.