• 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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The Oaks

Lyndsay Bryden




At The Oaks we believe that wherever possible children and young people benefit from living within a family environment.

We recognise that for some young people, this is not always possible and that living in a residential home can be the most appropriate alternative, particularly when young people are known to place themselves at repeated risk.  Therefore, our objectives are to provide:
  • A emotionally supportive residential environment with established boundaries for those young people we look after, with a strong commitment to child development that aims to enable them to build resilience and resourcefulness, that can be sustained and maintained by the young person to aid their transition to independence or re integration to alternative care
  • To aim to work towards eliminating unsafe risk taking / Anti social behaviour in young people so they are able to make choices that keep them safe and enable them to access opportunities, such as education and other interests
  • A framework of support in which the young person can be brought to confront the meaning and significance of their behaviour through a collaborative approach, thereby opening up the possibility of change.
  • Respect and dignity for and to each and every individual regardless of their race, gender, cultural background or ability.
  • An ethos and atmosphere that is respectful to each other and conducive to personal growth, while taking all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of harm to self or others.
  • A safe environment, free from abuse in its many forms including bullying and any behaviour that is disrespectful of the individual or groups of individuals or their family or community.
  • Individual education packages for each young person, which will both aid the reparative process and will offer them the chance to maximise their future life choices
  • An open and honest learning environment for all young people and staff. Opportunities for each young person to learn and make informed choices about their future.
  • To live positively as part of a group and learn from each other  

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