Success Stories

Olivia’s Story

When Olivia joined us as a victim of exploitation, she had been used to a life of chaos, danger and fear.

She had moved locations many times and did not feel that she had anywhere to call home. She had missed out on key milestones in her childhood and had not had the opportunity to form positive relationships.

Like all children, Olivia had a desire to be nurtured by adults who were genuinely interested in her and would respond to her needs. She needed stability, safety and support, and we were able to provide this for her. Olivia settled quickly into her home and soon developed superb relationships with her care team. Through the patience and experience of our staff, using our ARCH programme and our therapeutic care, Olivia was able to develop her wellbeing and she began to think about her future for the first time.

Despite not attending school for long periods before coming to us, Olivia set herself the goal of attending mainstream education in a local school. However, the school she wished to attend were reluctant to accept Oliva as she fell just outside their catchment area. Our staff worked with Olivia’s Local Authority to advocate for her to be accepted to the school, and we arranged an interview for her with the head of the school. Oliva performed superbly in this interview, impressing the school staff with her intelligence, resilience and maturity, and they agreed that she could enrol. Oliva remained at the school for the 6 months that she was with us. She found an enthusiasm for learning, made friends and made excellent progress.

Tragically, just a few weeks before national lockdown restrictions were imposed, we discovered that Olivia’s mother had a terminal illness. Our highly trained staff were able to support Olivia both emotionally and practically throughout this process, carrying out detailed risk assessments which would enable Olivia to visit her mother during the pandemic.

When Olivia’s mother sadly passed away, our staff worked with CAMHS to support her mental health and we used the strength of our relationships and our skills and experience to help her cope with her grief and to continue on the positive path she was on.

When it was time for Oliva to move on from us, she expressed her desire to return to her home county. There was a great deal of reluctance about this from external agencies, since it was felt that she would be at risk. However, we were led by Oliva on this, and we felt that she had made such good progress that we could put plans in place for a safe and successful return to her home county. We advocated for those around her to listen to Olivia’s voice, and we worked together with external partners to put planning in place which enabled Olivia to return home safely after moving on from us.

Olivia remains safe and happy in her local area and she is in regular touch with our care team to share her continued successes. We are very proud of all that she has achieved and the role we played in helping her on her path to success.

Despite not attending school for long periods before coming to us, Olivia set herself the goal of attending mainstream education in a local school. Oliva remained at the school for the 6 months that she was with us. She found an enthusiasm for learning, made friends and made excellent progress.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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