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Amberleigh Care

Broadly speaking young people who come to be helped at Amberleigh Care have had very difficult and traumatic early lives. Their pathway to reach us can sometimes be directly from family, always with social service involvement, often with police and legal involvement and typically with a string of failed foster and/or other residential placements.

Typically, boys stay with us for between 24 and 30 months, but this can vary (longer or shorter) and is often influenced by their age on arrival. There are typically three move on pathways:

  • Younger aged admissions can often be supported to return to a family placement - usually foster care
  • Mid and older teen admissions often complete their secondary education with us, access college, develop life skills and their transitions are into semi-independent or supported living placements, either locally or back in their host area
  • Some young people come to us with additional learning difficulties and will always require some form of structured support. These young people have planned transitions into adult services when they reach 18

Please click on the case studies below to read examples of successes in each of these pathways:

Craig's story Ben's story Jake's story

Craig lived with his mother, stepfather and 2 younger siblings until aged 13. He was taken into care following concerns around chronic neglect and alleged physical abuse from his stepfather. There were significant indications that Craig may also have been a victim of sexual abuse. There were also disclosures around sexually inappropriate behaviour between Craig and his younger sister which Craig later admitted to. Craig was taken into foster care however, following 2 placement breakdowns due to escalating behaviour, Craig was admitted to Amberleigh Care aged 14. Prior to his arrival at Amberleigh Craig had been home schooled following concerns from his school around sexualised behaviour.

Been in care from age of 13
Had 2 foster placement breakdowns
High levels of aggressive outbursts
A likely victim of sexual abuse demonstrating trauma symptoms
A perpetrator of sexual abuse inside and outside the family
Controlling and aggressive behaviour
Signs of Oppositional Conduct Disorder
Attachment disorder

Craig's Successful Outcomes:

  • A stable 3 year placement
  • Craig was able to build and maintain positive relationships whilst at Amberleigh Care
  • Craig was a valued member of St John's Ambulance and gained a first aid qualification
  • Craig turned into an excellent cook and developed in all areas of independence
  • Significant reduction in aggression and increased pro social behaviours
  • Craig moved into a foster placement aged 17
  • No further evidence of sexually harmful behaviour

To read Craig's full case study click here