A Warm welcome from the directors
New Forest Care is a bespoke residential, education and therapeutic childcare provider dedicated to providing unconditional care to the most vulnerable children and young people. Our approach is flexible and adaptable, working in partnership with local authorities, parents and carers. We are advocates of our children and young people, and putting their safety and well-being first is at the centre of our decision making.
Established in June 2001, we have 12 small-scale residential children’s homes and several school sites that also accept day students who are not in our care. Our education facilities also include a school farm and Outdoor Learning Centre with a Forest School.
We also offer planned crisis placements of up to 90 days within our Activity Residential Care service. Placements are intended to be short term to allow the young person time away from the crisis they are experiencing or local authority time to find a suitable long-term placement.
Our placements are underpinned by ongoing access to treatment plans by our dedicated team of mental health professionals and therapists. Our therapy model is based on the theory and practice of attachment utilising Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and PACE. We are committed to ensuring our wider team across the company are trained in this practice and we continue to provide staff with the training required to support this model.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Our young people’s mental health needs are supported by a team of dedicated Mental Health Care professionals; these include a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, two CAMHS experienced Registered Mental Health Nurses and an Occupational Therapist. Many young people we work with have at some point been in contact with mental health services such as CAMHS.
Most of the children in our care have backgrounds where they intrinsically feel and experience the World as a fearful place, including the adults in it. They experience feelings of hopelessness about their futures, and an inability to identify and manage their emotions.
The therapeutic and treatment model that underpins our work is the attachment model. We believe that through positive role modelling and ‘therapeutic parenting’ provided by staff to the children in our care, they are able to develop and experience positive relationships.
“To the New Forest Care Team,
We want to express our gratitude for everything that you’ve helped us achieve for the Summer Festival at St James’ Park on the 6 July 2019!
With love, Friends of St James’ Park”
“Wow what a lovely email to receive !
We will pass the message on to R ! We are exceptionally proud of him too !
If you had told me 18 months ago he would be doing performing in front of a crowd I would have told you it wasn’t possible!
Please pass all our love and thanks on to all staff for their continued support of our R and thank you all so much for giving us back “our son” we lost him for a while but with the incredible efforts of all staff (and of course R!)
We are finally able to have him back x
Have a great summer and thank you again”
“I wanted to get in touch to wish you all a very happy summer and thank you for everything you’ve helped ACoRNS [the Autism Community Research Network @Southampton] to achieve over the past year. We’ve seen one of our students win a University prize for the impact of her work, been awarded some more money from the University to continue our innovative Digital Stories work next year, put in place some excellent projects at New Forest School focusing on student voice, and seen our first ACoRNS Doctorate by Chantelle Zilli. We congratulate Dr C for all her hard work, and the New Forest Care team for supporting her so brilliantly. We are very much looking forward to continuing our partnership next year.