- Age Range: 7-12 on admission
- Capacity: 6
- Gender: Female
- Length: Medium to Long
- Location: Wiltshire
Avon House is a residential home for girls between the ages of 7-12 years old who have difficulties that require medium to long-term therapeutic support within a group living therapeutic community. At the start of their journey our children and young people are between the ages of 7-12 years.
Avon House is a safe, warm and therapeutic home where we are understanding and empathetic about the impact that childhood trauma has on the developing brain and we support our children and young people through focusing on stress reduction and support to learn to regulate their stress response and respond more safely to their environment and triggers. We work with children and young people to support them to overcome the impact of their trauma and previous experiences of placement breakdowns on their ability to form secure attachments.
“The home work closely with the young people’s educational settings and have regular meetings to ensure all young people are fully supported. Young people are engaging well with their education and are achieving.”
Regulation 44 comments, October 2019
We strive to provide children and young people with a positive part of childhood where they have both achieved and made lifelong happy memories. At Avon, we also pride ourselves on attention to detail and importance we place on the small homely and meaningful touches that make a house a home and which can contribute to making the childhood of looked after children more than simply good enough. We provide well planned and managed placements and genuine care for children and young people who can benefit from our environment; enabling them to thrive in a group living home and work towards achieving positive outcomes. We aim to achieve positive change and outcomes for children and young people while also prioritising their current experiences of the world and ensuring that, alongside working towards change, our children have a good current quality of life and a fun and positive childhood. Avon House does not provide emergency placements.
We provide secure and stable placements and stick by our children and young people to ensure they have a reliable and stable base and are supported by competent, supportive and emotionally predictable adults while they are supported to regulate their stress response in a therapeutic setting in which they can heal.
Our ethos in terms of safeguarding is to ensure that our children and young people are kept safe, well parented, and supported through behaviour change by focusing on feelings and stresses underlying. We strive to teach our children and young people to safely manage and express their emotions and to work on their internal working model being more positive so that they learn to appropriately trust others, themselves and see their world as safe and filled with potential.
“Young people are supported to express themselves with their views and feelings being heard.”
Social worker, October 2019
Our focus is in three key areas of our work with children and young people. From the start of placement; our role is to support all children to attain a positive transition to:
Adults work closely and sensitively in supporting children/young people to return to family where it is a potential; and provide outreach support services where required.
Where there is potential to support a child to step down to foster care, we will work in partnership to identify specific Foster Carers able to meet the Child’s needs, and then support them in a successful planned transition.
Preparation for independence
We support with pathway planning. Staff ensure they engage with the wider system through multi agency working relationships and through this the attainment of a young person’s goals is paramount, and this is integrated throughout our work and support of young people in respect of vocational training, social and life skills work.