Admission Criteria

Moderate or Severe Depression and/or Anxiety

Attachment Disorders

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Eating Disorders

A Formal or an Emerging Personality Disorder

Psychotic Illnesses

Who Do We Support?

We support young people with complex mental health presentations in multiple domains who require treatment through a specialist longer term recovery-focused care model, including young people who pose a significant risk to themselves e.g. high levels of self-harm, suicidality or self-neglect.


What does our service provide?

Our services provide support for young people aged 16-25 who require a higher level of mental health support than their families or more generic placements can offer on discharge from hospital or secure units.  We can also provide an alternative to hospital admission as we specialise in managing significant levels of complexity and risk in the community.  Our approach can often avoid the dependency and escalation in risk that can be associated with inpatient admission, at the same time removing the need to source scarce inpatient beds that are often far away from young people’s families and homes.

Additional consideration is taken when assessing young people with moderate learning disability.  This is due to the casemix of young people within the home and the level of capacity the young person requires to be able to engage in the model of care.  Before accepting young people with this presentation we would request additional supporting information and detailed psychological reports in order to support the assessment process. 

We are unable to accept young people into the service with severe or profound learning disability. 

Careful consideration is also taken when assessing young people with significant forensic backgrounds.  Although not an immediate exclusion criteria, the type of offence  and context surrounding past offences is considered alongside the needs and vulnerabilities of the other young people placed in the proposed home.  Similarly we would be unable to accept young people with persistent high risks to others, for example significant violence and aggression or fire setting. 

Due to the complexity of the needs of young people within our service, and the need to carefully plan and build relationships with young people in transition, we do not accept emergency referrals.