Why use Care Afloat ?

Why use care Afloat?

  • We try to fully understand the experiences that our young people have had. Such as multiple rejections, placement breakdowns, exclusions, or significant abuse. We never give up on these children. Our staff know how to gain their trust and build the attachment and relationships required to help them to move forward positively with their lives.
  • We are ambitious for the children in our care and are committed to supporting them through the tough times, whilst also recognising and celebrating their achievements. We are also realistic about the progress our children make and plan their care to make incremental steps toward better days and better lives. Partnership is key to achieve these goals and we liaise with a wide range of agencies and organisations.


  • We take a holistic approach in the care of our young people involving them in the making, implementation and review of placement plans to ensure personalised care, aimed at achieving the best possible outcome.
  • It is not our job to control our young people. It is our mission to walk them through a crisis period in their lives, to teach them that their behaviour has consequences, good and bad, and show them the benefits of choosing behaviour that affects themselves and others in a positive way.
  • Many young people come through our doors with a limited tool kit for life. We want them to leave us (however long they stay, months or years), with the ability to look after themselves, make informed decisions and function within society.



We believe that the young people in our care respond better and are able to reach their full potential when they are cared for in an environment in which, people are genuinely interested in their well-being, people who take time to get to know them, their needs and ensure that those needs are met.

We believe that all young people should be free from harm, fear or threat and actively pursue safeguarding measures in achieving this. We understand that young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties respond better to calm and consistent boundaries, which are established and maintained throughout the project.

We believe that all looked after children have the same rights, privileges and opportunities, with the same high standards, high expectations, common goals and respect as any other young person in society.

Our care is based on and around each individual’s needs, taking into account their history, their value system, their family/community relationships, as well as their origins, cultures and religious beliefs.


  • We offer high staffing levels
  • We can provide education in our school which ensures better communication and a consistent approach across services
  • We promote continuous professional development so our staff are skilled and knowledgeable
  • We are creative and solution focussed, often going the extra mile for our young people
  • Therapy is inclusive of the package of care and offered to all of our young people.
  • We help young people maintain contact with those who are important to them, if appropriate.
  • We provide new and varied experiences which young people can learn and grow from.
  • We have a variety of different provisions meaning we are better placed to match young people with the right care package.
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