Ferndearle has two residential homes, both of which are based in Folkestone, Kent and which are within five minute walking distance of each other. This allows for them to operate individually as a home but close enough to be able to join together and to feel part of the same Therapeutic Community. We have a specialist School that is situated across both Sites and is registered by the DfE as an SEBD provision.
Both homes are within walking distance of mainline railway stations and within five minutes drive to the M20; a walk or short drive to all health facilities (hospital, dentist, GP); with access to numerous sports and community social clubs. Both homes run as therapeutic communities and both follow the Therapeutic Standards developed by The Royal College of Psychiatrists Quality Improvement Initiative ‘Community of Communities’ (CofC). Heather Lodge is a member of CofC and so is externally reviewed against the standards on an annual basis by CofC, being in its 11th cycle of membership and annual review.
Age Range, Sex and Duration of Placements
Both homes are mixed sex and provide assessments, short, medium and long-term placements. For an explanation of the different types of therapeutic placements, click on the Types of Therapeutic Programmes page of this website. Both homes cater for young people aged between 4 and 17 years, although young people may stay up to the age of 18 and above in line with Ofsted’s ‘Wholly or Mainly’ Policy.
The range of needs of the children for whom Ferndearle is able to provide care and accommodation for
Our homes cater for young people who have complex needs and presenting behaviours that are the result of trauma stemming from abuse and neglect in their early years. The young people typically present with some form of an attachment disorder and significant trauma related developmental delays that are far behind their chronological ages. We do cater for additional needs such as learning difficulties or organic disorders such as Autism, but we do not admit young people into our residential settings unless they have a need that is trauma related as this is our primary specialism.
Due to the above, our young people may have significant risk taking behaviours including, absconding; vulnerability to sexual abuse; verbal and/or physical aggression; criminal offending behaviour; vulnerable to being a victim or perpetrator of bullying behaviour; inappropriate sexualised behaviour; self-harming behaviour; racial or other discriminatory behaviour; a tendency to make allegations; threatening behaviour in the wider community and other forms of behaviours derivative of trauma. Almost invariably, the young people who come to Ferndearle tend to be unable to function appropriately emotionally, socially, recreationally and educationally. For these reasons they are often excluded from mainstream society and do not feel part of everyday living.
The relatively large children’s group in our homes supports our therapeutic model as much therapeutic work is undertaken through group work; systemic group therapy and the group living experience. For an explanation of our Therapeutic Model and what we mean by Therapeutic Community, click on the ‘Home’ and the ‘Therapy & Therapeutic model’ pages of this website. Our Homes provide:
There are many sought outcomes in the homes that range from individual goals specific to changing dysfunctional patterns of behaviour, improving school attendance, building self-esteem, social and independence skills, to affecting significant emotional development. This latter outcome has specific focus at Ferndearle as it impacts on the long term success of other outcomes. Developing emotionally means enabling our young people to recognise and name feelings; to learn to manage and contain these feelings and behaviour themselves, such that they are no longer dependent on the therapeutic community to do this. They thus learn to practise and experience a different sense of being.
The overall objectives, however, are the same and are:
This will lead to the further general outcomes of either:
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