At present we can offer up to 100 children and young people per year the chance to benefit from our highly specialised and intensive, life-saving, residential and outreach treatment programmes. We have to turn away up to twice that number.
There are also many children and families who could benefit from our expertise at an earlier stage in the development of their problems who we would like to be able to help.
We aim over the next 10-15 years to expand our capacity:
- so that no child who needs our care is turned away for lack of a bed
- to intervene earlier in families to prevent problems reaching the point where children have to be taken into care
- to provide integrated specialist fostering, so that fewer children need residential care.
In order to achieve this, we must fundraise to provide more beds, new treatment programmes and more outreach work.
We receive government funding for the basic costs of childcare for the children we look after. This covers the children’s living expenses and the non-specialist staffing of our children’s homes. In order to develop and expand the specialised service we offer, we have to fundraise from voluntary sources, from trusts and from companies, to cover the following costs:
- building, expanding and developing our new therapeutic facilities
- continuing support programmes for our young people leaving care
- preventive family outreach
- developing our training and therapeutic capacity
- developing new approaches e.g. our Integrated Therapeutic Fostering – ITF
- researching to improve our effectiveness.