Every child's journey with us is as unique as they are

Care Arrangements

As a leading provider of bespoke care for children who have suffered adverse childhood experiences, our care is designed around each child’s individual needs.

Our mission at AWW is simple: to transform children’s lives. For our children, this means providing a safe and stable environment and specialist support to prepare them to move towards a permanent care arrangement or towards independent living.

Our range of homes, coupled with our experienced and diverse staff, allows us the flexibility to tailor our care arrangements to each child we look after, enabling them to achieve outstanding individual outcomes.

Shorter-Term Care

Children who would benefit from period of intensive support typically stay with us for 17 weeks. They are the only child in the home and are supported by 2 carers.

During this period, we fully assess each child’s needs, strengths and challenges and we design a bespoke programme of activities and therapeutic interventions which support the child’s emotional wellbeing, their health and safety and their personal and social skills.


Longer-Term Care

Children who would benefit from longer-term care typically stay with us for a period of at least 6 months and often between 12 and 18 months. 1 carer supports each child, and they may be the only child in the home or may live with another child, depending on their needs.

Children may initially come to Wilderness for a shorter time and then transition to a longer-term placement.

Our therapeutic care aims to replicate a warm, family home, and to help the child to build the foundations for their future lives. We encourage children to develop meaningful relationships and we support them to achieve short and longer-term personal, educational and social outcomes.

Wilderness Experiences

All of the children we look after are encouraged to participate in our exciting programme of outdoor and adventurous activities, which are an integral part of our care. Read more about this here.

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