Type of provision: Therapeutic Residential Child Care
Total number of children’s homes and other services: 3
Total number of registered beds: 10
Size range of homes: 1×2 Beds and 2×4 Beds
Age range on admission: 5 – 17 upon admission
Specialist services: Clinical Psychology, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy/Learning
Therapeutic provision: Psychotherapy, Play Therapy & Therapeutic Life Story Work.
Geographical location: South East
Amegreen Children’s Service provides specialist Therapeutic Residential Care and treatment for children and adolescents aged 5 to 18. It has developed from a children’s home service
which has been in place since 1993. Our goal is to help children recover from difficult, often traumatic early life experiences by providing skilled, consistent, warm and affectionate care, in an environment that is safe and reparative.
We have three small homes, all close together with strong links to allow for flexibility and responsiveness to emergent needs. The service is situated in rural surroundings in West Berkshire.
We use Developmental Trauma and Attachment Theory to help us understand the children’s behaviours and give us effective ways of helping them learn to self-regulate.
Often we work with children who can move on to adoption or fostering, and we aim to have these capacities in place so their new placements will survive and thrive.
We own seven horses and all our resident children and young people have access to them. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an emergent practice in which working with horses is used as a tool for emotional growth and learning.
The service is managed by Gary Carlin, who has 25 years of experience in Residential Childcare and treatment, has an experienced and committed group of staff and managers, and is well supported by regular on-site clinical psychology and psychotherapy inputs.
Company Website: www.amegreenchildren.org.uk