Welcome to A Wilderness Way

Providers of residential care that transforms children’s lives.

Ofsted
Rated Ofsted Outstanding

All of our children’s homes were judged as Good or Outstanding in their most recent Ofsted inspection.

AWW is one of the UK’s leading specialist providers of residential care for children who have suffered trauma and adversity.

We provide compassionate, nurturing care for children who are in crisis and have complex needs, supporting them to move from a difficult past to a brighter future.

Our homes are located in the peaceful and inspirational countryside of Cumbria, Northumbria, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and southern Scotland. Here, children experience safety and stability, as well as our renowned spirit of adventure and challenge: the ‘Wilderness Way’. With our support, children are able to thrive.

About Us

We offer safety and stability, a sense of adventure, and therapeutic care which enables children to thrive.

Our Care

We value every child as a unique and special individual, and our flexible and innovative care is designed around each child’s personal needs.

The Wilderness Way

The stunning rural location of our homes provides a playground for our exciting ‘Wilderness Experiences’ programme of outdoor and adventurous activities.

The Wilderness Way

Our Mission and Vision

We are passionate about providing outstanding care for every child we look after, keeping them at the heart of all we do.

Our Mission and Vision

Read Our Success Stories

Success Stories

Our principles of care are underpinned by a shared culture of empathy, compassion and humanity, and a relentless commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

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What Others Say About Us

I am truly taken aback by the level of care you have shown. The staff have gone out of their way to show him the attention and care that he has never had. When I visited him, it was like I was looking at a different child to what he was before he came. He was not like a child in care, he was like a child in a family. You have literally saved his life.

Social Worker

All children and young people thrive, and they make progress while living at the home. Because of the services provided the children and young people experience an individualised, stable and consistent home life. Children and young people benefit from the integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to education and care. They each achieve their full potential and, in many cases, do so beyond previous expectations.

Ofsted

I am so grateful to the AWW team for their dedication and commitment to caring and supporting Sam. He recently reported that being at there gave him the space to think and the opportunity to reflect on his attitude and make plans for his future.

Social Worker

I have to share my delight at Luke’s progress at AWW. Thanks to your support, in the last 17 weeks Luke and has turned his life around significantly. From where he has come from to where he is now, I am so proud of him.

Social Worker

The placement was really good and beneficial to me. The staff were all really supportive and nice and always made themselves available to me if I had any problems. The outdoor activities that were offered helped me to have a better outlook and showed me that I can do so much more in life, and it really helped me process and made me feel like a better person.

Child

As METCO Officer for Cumbria Police I have regular contact with the team at AWW in relation to vulnerable children at risk of CSE and going missing. If a specific incident has occurred, the Home Manager and I speak on the phone to discuss the best way forward. She also attends CSE risk assessment meetings and we receive Philomena Protocol forms when a young person arrives in placement.

Cumbria Police