We support young people aged 16-18 years old, who need a nurturing environment where they can develop their independence skills.  They may need accommodation due to:

  • the risk of becoming homeless

  • emotional, physical, sexual abuse or neglect

  • traumatic experiences

  • criminal and/or sexual exploitation

  • mental health issues

  • substance misuse issues

  • emotional and behavioural issues

  • being an unaccompanied child seeking asylum

Accommodation

Abiding Care and Support provides supported accommodation to young people throughout Greater London, the Home Counties and Milton Keynes.  We have homes with shared accommodation for up to 6 young people or solo accommodation for young people with higher support needs.

Our homes are carefully selected for the suitability of their location and layout. They are typically located in quiet, residential areas, with access to local shops, community services, public transport and colleges. Many of our bedrooms for young people are provided with en-suite facilities.

Staffing

All our homes are staffed and supervised 24/7.

All staff are subject to safer recruitment procedures, receive a full induction, mandatory and additional training and regular supervision.   

Our Home Managers are required to have a minimum of 2 years relevant experience working with young people and at least an NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Health and Social Care, or a willingness to study this following their probation.  

Our Operations Managers are required to have NVQ Level 5 in Leadership and Management, or a willingness to study this following their probation.  

Our Director of Operations is a registered social worker with an MSc in Management in Health and Social Care.

Throughout our team, there is a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in supporting young people.

UASC Support  

We recognise that unaccompanied asylum seeking children have very specific cultural and language needs  and therefore we provide additional support for them at no extra cost.  Our enhanced support package includes:
 

  •  An experienced and qualified staff team who receive specialist training specific to the young person’s country of origin

  • Joined up working with community projects for asylum seekers

  • Outcome and action focused support, particularly around cultural and religious needs

  • Support with legal and immigration processes

  • Support to access services e.g. GPs, Dentists and integrate into the community

  • Covid self-isolation support

Our organisation has successfully supported many unaccompanied asylum seeking children including children from Vietnam, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Albania, Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and Iran.

Support Planning

A support plan is developed with each young person, their key worker and their professional network based on their individual needs.  The support plans are outcome based and cover five areas:

  • Be Healthy

  • Stay Safe

  • Enjoy and Achieve

  • Making a Positive Contribution

  • Economic Wellbeing

The support planning is managed within a database system using an outcomes tool, which measures progress.

Key work sessions are developed around the support plans.  These are delivered in creative and meaningful ways by our experienced and knowledgeable staff team to promote young people’s engagement and ability to achieve their goals.