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Swanwick Lodge

Aims and Ethos of Swanwick Lodge

Swanwick Lodge aims to provide high quality services to children and young people in a secure setting and provide them with opportunities to develop healthy, safe and productive lives, which will enable them to benefit from making a positive contribution to their communities in the future.

The primary aim of Swanwick Lodge is to provide a secure facility that can provide a safe and child centred environment in which children can begin to address the issues that have led to their loss of liberty. We aim to consider all aspects of the child’s well-being including physical, mental, emotional, health and the lifestyle choices they make.

Early intervention, problem solving, social skills, group living and pro-social modelling form the daily ethos of Swanwick Lodge, which is based on respect, positive reinforcement and positive role modelling. Underpinning our philosophy is our belief that all children are capable of change, to engage and achieve, leading to them making more positive choices about their lives and their futures.

A development of this aim is to provide an holistic approach to children throughout their placement which addresses their individual needs and prepares them to return to living in the community. This approach encompasses all aspects of the child/ young person’s life, utilising care, education and therapeutic services and recognising that children live within a system of family and community we aim to work in a restorative way ensuring that everyone has a voice and, when possible, any solution reached is a negotiated one.

Our aims and ethos (stated below) are clearly displayed on the walls throughout the child/ young person’s living quarters and in the education department:-


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