Opening minds with a sense of adventure

Therapeutic outdoor activities
for our Esland Explorers

Respite Period

Some ‘time out’ for a young person experiencing a period of crisis.

Exciting Activities

Freedom to choose activities offers a personalised programme that allows ‘child-focused learning’ and ‘ownership’.
Full Clinical Assessment

Personalised Program

Individualised programme length, lasting anywhere from 7 to 28 days.

Clinical Observations

Our theraputically-informed adventure service offers a pathway into a stable, longer-term placement.

Bespoke Intervention

Tailored trips to support young people in enabling them to feel emotionally safe.
Bespoke Packages

Smoother Transition

Esland Adventure has seen young people feel safe, be stable and flourish.

Innovative solutions to build resilience and confidence

Esland’s explorer service uses a range of therapeutically informed outdoor activities, and interventions that can meet multiple and complex needs.

We’re also an registered ASDAN provider, meaning that every Adventure provides young people with the opportunity to complete awards and qualifications.
Open canoeing
Off-road cycling
Rock climbing
Geography field trips
Arts visits
History trips
Museums and galleries
Heritage sites
Urban or rural visits
Workshops on nature

Breaking boundaries builds resilience

Academic Opportunities

Our young people are able to access a broad spectrum of qualifications including; GCSEs, AS levels, ASDAN Awards, AQA Unit Awards and Certificates, Vocational Qualifications and work experience placements.

The use of a student led curriculum within the Esland framework has helped engagement, interest, concentration, determination and independence.

Being here has changed me, they have helped me so much, I had a lot going on in my life and the people here have supported me.


How many staff and children go on an Adventure Trip?
Whilst on Adventure, the young person is always supported by staff on a 2:1 staffing ratio. Esland Adventure Camps are based in various locations of the High Peak and Peak District, however, this is interchangeable and although working towards shared visions and goals, the placement and camp options are bespoke to the young people referred to Esland.
Does a young person have to be an Esland Homes resident to access Esland Adventure?
Yes. Either a current resident or is in the transition phase to become a resident. This is because all Adventure camps are tagged to a physical bed in one of our children’s homes, ensuring that there is both a contingency plan and that the trip is overseen by an experienced Registered Home’s Manager. Alongside this, our Adventure team has a designated manager and a team of staff consisting of both qualified experienced carers and outdoor instructors.

We are an immediate solution for Local Authorities who are looking to accommodate the most vulnerable young people. These young people may require an immediate placement as their behaviour is such that they cannot be placed with other children, their presenting risks has resulted in a breakdown of their current placement or where their welfare and safety is an
immediate concern.
Are the staff qualified to undertake the outdoor activities safely?
Yes. Safety and security is paramount on all Esland Adventure trips. They are fully AALA licensed and all staff have received training.  Our multi-disciplinary team around the child provides agile support for our Explorer Teams and this includes an observation of the child from our specialist clinical team, clinical consultation with staff, a clinical overview report and a therapeutic care plan. We provide educational opportunities from our outreach education service.
What are the benefits of parktaking in Esland Adventure?
Young people will be provided with an opportunity to experience things they may otherwise be unable to do. These experiences will build resilience, trust and a positive mindset, making their transition into a home as frictionless as possible.

In addition, a young person on Esland Adventure will develop Personal Learning and Thinking Skills that equip them for lifelong learning and prepares them for future independence and employment. This is combined with functional skills in English and Maths. These are accredited units that will provide ASDAN qualifications and certificates that can be used in any further education.
How long are the adventure trips?
The explorer programme can also be individualised on a needs basis, with some young people only needing a 7, 10 or 14-day camp as a transition into our Complex Needs, Dual or Group Homes, however the explorer service will usually be for 28 days. In some instances, the children referred may be transitioning from a Children’s Home and may need to have time away from the home to stabilise and for safeguarding reasons.

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