Specialist care provider plans to develop Therapeutic Learning Centre for young people in Bradford


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Specialist care provider plans to develop Therapeutic Learning Centre in Bradford, on the site of a former care home for elderly people.

Witherslack Group operates in excess of 20 schools, children’s homes and integrated children’s homes and learning centre facilities across the UK. The Group are delighted to announce plans to develop a new Integrated Therapeutic Learning Centre in Bradford, which will offer sector leading education, therapeutic support and care for a small group of young people, all on one site. The approach mirrors that of a traditional children’s home and school relationship, but considers the additional support required by young people with significant special educational needs.

The new integrated provision, which will be based on the site of the former Harbourne care home in the Wibsey area of the city, will be a state-of-the- art integrated therapeutic provision and the latest addition to the national portfolio of schools and children’s homes run by Witherslack Group.

Phil Jones, Chief Executive Officer for the Group, commented: “We are delighted to be launching our latest integrated learning centre that will offer a specialist school for up to 14 young people, who will also live on-site in one of two children’s homes.”

“The purpose built facility will provide specialist education, care and one-on-one intervention and therapeutic support for young people who are unable to access mainstream and local authority specialist provision. A full national curriculum plus wider vocational subjects will be delivered in the Learning Centre, which will include Science, Design and Technology and ICT suites, incorporating the latest educational technologies and innovations.”

Mr Jones added: “The unique nature of the integrated provision allows for a wraparound approach to care, education and therapy. The systems of care and support packages will run throughout the whole centre and offer each young person an environment that enables them to develop, learn and succeed.”

Around 50 staff will work with the 14 young people to provide high levels of support and deliver the strongest possible outcomes for each young person. The centre’s emphasis on providing outstanding levels of therapeutic support will see a team of Counsellors, Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, and Mental Health Practitioners, work across all areas of operation.

Mr Jones concluded: “I am pleased that this announcement will also herald 50 new jobs roles being brought to the area, as well as another opportunity for us to work and play our part in not only enhancing the lives of young people but also the immediate community. I have no doubt that this new provision will become one of the leading provisions of its type across the UK, offering the best possible educational, therapeutic and home settings for young people.   Most importantly though, it will provide a wonderful opportunity for the young people to find inspiration and build positive futures for themselves.”


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