About Us

ARCH: Our Approach to Care

Our ‘ARCH’ framework is a holistic, child-centred approach to care which we have developed to meet the complex needs of the children we look after.

The children at AWW are exceptionally vulnerable and have experienced significant abuse, exploitation and trauma in their lives. They need a specialist approach to care to enable them to begin to recover from these experiences and to lay the foundations for a successful future.

We view our ARCH framework as a series of stones in an arch which form a child’s placement, each of which depend on each other to stand up. These stones form a strong arch for the child to walk through into a more positive future.


Therapeutic Approach

The foundation of our ARCH is a therapeutic approach which seeks to understand and respond to the unique needs of each child by providing personalised interventions and support. This is grounded in a safe, stable, nurturing environment and the formation of meaningful relationships. The final stone underpinning our ARCH is our use of outdoor activities to inspire and excite children.

Educational Programme

The next level of our ARCH is our educational programme, which helps children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to successfully navigate their lives, now and in the future. Our children have missed out on some of the key ‘building blocks’ which help them to understand themselves and the world around them.  Our programme aims to replace these missing building blocks, by helping the children to develop essential personal and social skills. This programme is delivered through a variety of methods, including outdoor and experiential learning, by our experienced care and education teams.

The Fundamentals

The top level of our ARCH consists of the things which we believe are fundamental to successful care. They represent our holistic, child-centred approach, which seeks to leave no stone unturned regarding support for the child. We adopt a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to care, ensuring we seek the input and support of all those who can shape the course of the child’s life. We believe in robust planning which is informed by continuous assessment of the child, enabling us to provide outstanding personalised care.

We use the acronym ‘ARCH’ to summarize our commitment to delivering outstanding care for our children:

Our ambition for children is uncompromising. We believe in the ability of every child to develop, grow and achieve, and we have an unwavering commitment to supporting them to do so.

We value and nurture positive relationships, encouraging the meaningful bonds between children and adults which can truly transform their lives.

We are confident in our ability to provide outstanding care. Our expertise has been gained through rigorous recruitment and exceptional induction, training and professional development. This inspires the children’s trust and confidence in us and promotes stability.

We help children to develop skills, knowledge and understanding about their lives and the world. We do this through an open approach, guiding rather than directing them, focusing on the things which are most relevant to that individual child.

Our ARCH approach to care therefore provides us with a framework to ensure that all children are able to grow, develop and thrive, both whilst they are with us and when they are ready to walk through the archway into their future lives.

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.


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.


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