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Individual Care
for young people

When I was a child my parents decided to become foster carers; In my opinion, fostering is probably the most caring and rewarding thing that anyone can do.

Joanna

Sensory impairment

A sensory impairment occurs when any or more than one of our senses reduce or stop functioning as they should normally.

A partial loss of a sense is also considered as a sensory impairment. For example, people who have lost their sight and hearing are known to be deafblind. There is a significant impact on individuals diagnosed with deafblindness on their day to day living.

Specialist communication systems and strategies are needed to provide support to people who are deafblind.

People who are deafblind have a unique and complex disability. With added issues such as a learning disability or mental health issue, it is important to ensure the right level of support is provided drawn from a wealth of expertise and experience. Specialist communications tools are vital to ensure individuals with sensory impairments are supported to live more fulfilling lives.

Sensory impairment – Case study

Andy’s got talent

Names have been changed to protect identities.

Andy is a service user who is registered blind. With the encouragement and support from CareTech, he recently took part in a local talent competition and won

We are committed to helping service users discover their own creative potential and are extremely proud of Andy’s success.

Andy classes himself as a ‘Versatile Lyricist’ who raps and sings to reggae music and who has future aspirations to set up his own record label.

Andy wrote his own winning song and his now recording his first album. He wants to focus on promoting himself and his music.

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Our Solutions Network

  • We promote independent living and care that respects young people’s rights, choice, privacy and dignity. Our philosophy is to place the needs of our young people at the centre of the service we provide.

  • For over 20 years Branas Isaf have been delivering an outstanding integrated model of education, therapy and therapeutic care to young people who present with a specific range of complex interpersonal behavioural issues.

  • We have provided training, coaching and consulting since 1994. We specialise in health and social care, both with adults and children and have grown to become a significant quality provider of apprenticeships.

  • Franklin domiciliary support helps young people and adults with complex mental health problems or neurological conditions, to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

  • FSG (Fostering Support Group) have been placing children and young people together with foster carers for over 20 years – in fact, we were one of the first agencies to offer foster placements to Local Authorities.

  • Greenfields work with young people displaying extreme emotional and behavioural difficulties, achieving an impressive record of positive outcomes and working safely with individuals aged between 10 to 18.

  • I&A Services offer placements for young people from across the UK who require an immediate assessment of needs alongside a recommended transition plan.

  • Inspire provide residential care, short breaks and outreach for children and young people with learning or physical disabilities, complex health needs, autism spectrum disorder and challenging behaviours.

  • A bespoke transition service created to support individuals living a valued lifestyle within the community. Our supported living and domiciliary care programmes help young people all over the country to live more independently in their own home.

  • We have years of experience helping people rehabilitate after a brain injury and provide a range of services designed to meet different and changing needs.

  • One Step at a Time is dedicated to providing the highest quality outreach and semi-independent accommodation and supported living services for children, young people and vulnerable adults with a range of needs.

  • Outlook Fostering Services is an leading fostering agency that provides reliable, cost-effective, children and young people centred fostering solutions to more than 30 Local Authorities across London and the Home Counties.

  • Park Foster Care provides the highest quality of care for children and young people who are unable to live with their family for a variety of reasons.

  • Phoenix Therapy and Care provides bespoke specialist care at home for children and adults across Scotland with complex, but stable, care needs, enabling and supporting their clients to get the most out of every day.

  • The supported living and domiciliary care programme from Prestwood helps people all over the country to live more independent and happy lives. With the confidence to discover new skills and interests, support is never far away when it’s needed.

  • We offer education, residential and domiciliary care for children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders, physical disabilities and complex needs.

  • We provide education, residential care, autism services, community support and post 16 programmes for children and young people. We also provide housing services for local authorities across the UK.

  • St Michael’s offers community based supported living and outreach services for young people and adults with mental health issues, learning difficulties, acquired brain injury, physical disabilities and sensory impairments.

  • We offer specialist short- and long-term respite, shared care and palliative care foster placements for children and young people with learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, hearing and visual impairments, and children with physical disabilities, genetic disorders and life-limiting conditions.

  • Uplands caters for people aged between 18-65 who may be informal guests or detained under the Mental Health Act. A majority of the residents at Uplands are people who have been living with serious mental illness most of, if not all of their life. With an experienced and qualified staff team, we work towards independence, community living and mental health recovery.