- Age Range: 7-11 on admission
- Capacity: 2
- Gender: Male and Female
- Length: Medium to long
- Location: Durrington, Wiltshire
Bourne House is located in Durrington, a village nine miles from the cathedral city of Salisbury. Durrington is a large village but has a community feel to it, with several shops in the vicinity of the home.
Bourne House is a home for two young people with autism and emotional needs and who have experienced trauma, abuse or attachment difficulties. Additionally, the children may have learning difficulties, challenging behaviour and other conditions such as ADHD, epilepsy and dyspraxia. They are recognised as being vulnerable in terms of their autism and learning difficulties, so there are high adult ratios to reflect the specific needs of each child.
A ‘can-do’ ethos characterises everything we do at Bourne House, with an atmosphere that is homely and caring. Our staff are experienced in supporting children with autism; they understand the child’s needs for clearly identified routines and continuity, while also appreciating how and when the environment needs to be adapted to maximise the potential of each child.
Bourne House is firmly based on a therapeutic model, supporting adults to help our young people make sense of the world in which they live. Life here is predictably reassuring for the young people concerned, and eminently rewarding.
“This is brilliant – just like home. I did not want to come here and now I am so glad I did. The manager and the team are fun, and I might even think about doing some education.”
Young person, 2018
We commit to listening to young people and helping them to express their wishes and needs in whatever way suits them best. Our team observes and records their behaviour for key-workers to evaluate; this is especially important where communication is challenging. Their views and feelings can be interpreted against what we know about them from their school or family, and from our own experience of them in the setting. We achieve this through developing a long-standing, trusting relationship.
“The home is very welcoming and homely. I am thrilled for my young person to be able to live here. The team has been very helpful, and she has settled so quickly. Normally, it takes her a long time to take to new people.”
Social worker, 2018
Bourne House also offers a broad and engaging educational curriculum, covering linguistic, mathematic, scientific, technological, human and social, physical, aesthetic and creative educational areas. We provide the opportunity for pupils to acquire speaking, listening, literacy and numeracy skills as a daily part of their education.
The curriculum has a focus on appropriate goals that are tailored to each pupil. Examples of typical outcomes could be certificates from GCSE courses, functional skills, ASDAN and AQA unit awards.
To discuss availability, please talk to our Placements Team: 0800 389 8708