Acting as a hub for our Wilderness Experiences, Bowscar Farm offers both short-term and long-term residential care. Following its most recent inspection, Ofsted rated Bowscar Farm “Good”, praising the “dramatically” reduced missing from home incidents for the young people placed at the home, highlighting that “this is in part due to the rural location of the properties, but also because of the high level of supervision provided.”
Many of the young people we support have experienced trauma within their home environments, and so may have difficulty regulating their emotions. The impact of their experiences may contribute to increased anxiety and behaviour difficulties. To support this, our Wilderness Experiences properties are all set up in the same warm and relaxing environment. The residential children’s homes offer young people the opportunity to participate in a range of outdoor activities such as climbing, hill walking, mountain biking and canoeing.
Our most recent Ofsted report highlighted that “staff feel that they have a good level of support and supervision”, and that “they understand their roles and feel confident in meeting the children’s needs and managing their risks”. This is because our staff “benefit from a detailed induction and an interesting and varied training programme”.
Bowscar Farm offers residential care for children aged between 8 and 17, with 17 being the maximum age on admission. This location is one of our most unique residential care homes for children. It is split down the middle, offering the young people their own unique space. It is a five-bedroom property split into two. One is a three-bedroom house and the other is a smaller, two-bedded property. The homes have all been carefully designed and furnished to offer a caring, happy and nurturing atmosphere for all persons who reside.
The three-bed location has a spacious living room with twin windows, a kitchen diner, a conservatory and two bathrooms. The two-bedded location is a cottage that has recently been modernised. It consists of a central living room and kitchen, a conservatory area and two bathrooms. Both properties have a large shared courtyard to the front and gardens which are mainly laid to lawn.
Outreach locations that work with this hub include Carleton House and Moorland View which are detached houses used within a 30-minute journey of the main Bowscar Farm hub. In addition to these locations, Bowscar Farm also benefits from our caravan. The caravan is a three-bedded modern park home which is located in Cumbria. It is made up of a spacious lounge/dining area, a fully fitted kitchen and spacious double and single bedrooms. This location is idyllic over the summer months and can support the young people within our care by helping them to relax.
Situated in a rural, yet convenient location, Bowscar Farm provides young people with access to local amenities and professional services. We actively encourage them to try new things such as joining local clubs or take part in local activities. As part of the Wilderness Experiences, we also use a variety of holiday and camping accommodations. Young people could be staying in camping barns, tents, holiday cottages, caravans or sleeping out under the stars.
Children at this home often come from cities where they are at risk of gang exploitation, criminal exploitation, sexual exploitation, drugs and county lines. Our most recent Ofsted report highlights that our staff are “trained to understand these issues and to provide the right type of support and education to help break children out of the cycle of risk they were in”. The report also praises our approach, where “each child is provided with a ‘core’ staff team”, which offers them “continuity of care”.
In our short-term services, we work with children in crisis, in a more relaxed way, using the outdoor environment to bring about stability, trust, and a period to calm and reflect. For our longer-term placements in our residential children home, Bowscar Farm, we aim to make their home a positive one. We teach young people new skills and experiences, develop life skills, and broaden their horizons.
“Children who have previously not engaged well in education or who have not attended school now take part in their programme of education. Requests for more challenging work are met. A range of educational activities and visits also help children to enjoy and achieve their educational potential”. – Ofsted
The goal of Bowscar Farm is to create an environment where young people can build appropriate relationships with adults, learn to cope with their feelings, and thrive.