We know that our school cannot replace young people's homes and families.

However, we do our very best to create a warm, homely environment that makes young people feel safe and cared for.


Before and after school young people are looked after by the Care Team who are a diverse group of people with the title of Residential Social Care Workers (RSCW) who have varying levels of experience and skills.

Most have worked at Farney Close for many years. A number of the RSCW team also help out during the school day, supporting young people who may be finding certain lessons or break times difficult.

All RSCW’s either hold a Level 3 Diploma in Residential Child Care (or equivalent) or will begin working towards it following their probationary employment period. Some staff are also qualified to Level 4 NVQ in Care. All staff undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to further¬† enhance their practice. This, along with regular training in a variety of subjects, ensures that we provide a quality service.

When a new young person arrives they will receive a welcome pack which aims to give them a range of information to support them through this often difficult and anxious time. The pack includes guidance on how the school day and social time operates and about what will be expected of them as they become more settled. The pack also gives the young person information on the people who they will meet and their role in the school, and tells them what to do if they have a worry or a complaint. This introductory period forms the basis of the New Young Person Care Plan, which itself is developed each half term into a Short Term Care Plan and is always completed working together with the young person themself. Naturally, the aim of all Short Term Care Plans is to help the young person review their progress, acknowledge their successes and to set new targets, supporting them to move on and address the aims set out in their Long Term Care Plan.