Continuity of care for young people
Lettre Farmhouse, Killearn, near Stirling, is a service provided by CareVisions, which operates a range of residential services for children and young people. The service provides medium to long term residential care to four young people between the age of six and 18.
The service aims to enhance the quality of life for young people by improving life options, their individual experiences, and developing positive qualities in each young person.
Manager, Carrie Campbell explained: "I think the rural and peaceful setting helps us to create a therapeutic environment. Consistency in young people's placements is really important. They need somewhere that they feel safe and are able to put down roots, particularly when they are of an age where they're at high school. So they're not having the upheaval of placement moves and are also able to maintain consistency in their education."
Gemma, has lived at Lettre Farm for the last five years. She said: "It's my family. I like it because it's a friendly place to live and I like the people. It's just like a normal house - you just do the same things - watch TV, stay away from the staff as if they're your parents!"
At the time of filming, Inspector Claire Drummond, added: "Some of the young people have lived here for quite a few years and one in particular is very articulate in saying what a difference this had made to her. She's also connected the fact that the staff group has been very consistent and stable over the years and how that's helped her. She sees the staff group as extremely important and instrumental in helping her become the young person she's become."
We publish regular inspection reports for all care services - and grades can go up and down depending on what we see. The effective practice we see here should always be read in conjunction with the latest inspection report.
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