At the Forge children and care givers are provided with a sustainable and positive environmental influence from the outset, combined with a nurturing and supportive culture. The Forge is a collection of 4 large detached 6 bed residential care homes for children, all contained on one large site with communal gardens, sports and amenity spaces.
Our environment has been shaped with the complex needs of trauma recovery at the centre of our thought process. Our Therapeutic Community starts with a healing environment, combined with traditional modalities of therapy including Art, Movement and Music Therapy, every child receives a tailored package of therapeutic interventions tailored to their needs. We combine this with Life Story through our full time Life Story Team, who gather information and work with the children, co-parents and stakeholders to piece together and deliver a coherent chronology for the child to make sense of their 'journey' this has a powerful impact on the day to day lives and lived experiences of children and care givers alike.
Children in our care benefit from Creative-Expressive Therapies and Life Story that promote trauma healing experiences, to living within artfully designed homes, surrounded by gardens and spaces to enjoy sports, leisure, and the opportunity to prepare for greater interdependence in the future with our 4 supported living apartments all on site.
Our Therapeutic Community is dedicated to assisting healing from early, traumatic life experiences, disrupted attachment, and to reducing the impact of adversity, so that children can make sense of their pasts and make the most of their future opportunities.
We steward children’s development of trust in themselves and in others, as well as belief in and skills for their future. Our Model of Care is based on neuro developmental, trauma-resolution principles and positive attachment practices and is framed by the Sanctuary Model®.
The children we care for have experienced disrupted development within their early lived experience. They have had to survive inadequate and harmful environments and/or unsupported neurodiversity (ASD, ADD, ADHD, ODD, PDA), through various unconscious strategies, including dissociating and disconnecting from themselves and others, distrusting others and rejecting their own and others’ vulnerability.
Forge Care sustains a reflective culture where members are encouraged to be compassionate about ‘mistakes’, curious about themselves & each other and are helped to be so; all staff members are participant observers in the therapeutic work. The essence of a Therapeutic Community is ‘being with’ rather than ‘doing for’. All community members are encouraged and supported to contribute to the community, our site includes allotments, animals and creative indoor and outdoor spaces that facilitate this.
At Forge care we believe that effective transformative recovery can only be truly experienced when children feel safe and secure. Our homes are purpose-designed and built facilities for our care homes with the utmost focus on quality spaces, materials and design principles.