Limestone Cottage provides medium to long-term care and accommodation for up to 3 young people with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties aged between 10 and 17 on arrival. However, should the needs of a young person dictate a need for extension of placement after their eighteenth birthday, this can be considered and if assessed as appropriate and providing the needs of the other young people are not compromised in any way then this may be a possibility.
As a medium to long-term placement, we aim to help young people return to their families however where this is not possible / appropriate, we aim to assist each young person to achieve a permanent placement appropriate to his or her long-term needs. With this in mind, we will work together to enable the young person acquire the tools/ skills to manage themselves better, reach their full potential and prepare them for independent / semi-independent living. Since Limestone Cottage may be the placement identified as meeting the long-term needs of the young person, it is important that we strive constantly for the best possible outcomes, work in partnership and aim to exceed the quality standards, therefore making the residential placement as positive experience as possible. We aim to create an environment where guidance, boundaries and positive role models are provided. There is a well-structured, consistent, robust and planned parenting approach to enable us to achieve this.