Care Afloat Mobile is a fully Registered service with OfSTED and operates to the same standards as any Registered Children’s Home.
The only difference being that young people placed on the activity programme will have the benefit of being flexible in where they stay overnight and the activities undertaken. Care Afloat Mobile offers extensive and intensive activity-based intervention work to offer an innovative programme for young people experiencing a period of difficulty or crisis. This could mean numerous breakdowns in prior placements, disengagement from education or challenging behaviour, including risk taking.
Programmes can be anything from 1 to 52 weeks and on occasion this can be longer if appropriate to the needs of the individual young person. A typical placement of 12 weeks, however, allows for a full activity programme to be put in place.
Camping and Bunk House Facilities
This type of plan can positively impact in addressing the specific needs and behaviours of individual young people. It also allows adequate time to assess a young person’s needs and prepare the young person to move on to either a more traditional placement or into independence.
Locations will vary, as young people will be quite literally ‘mobile’, using a variety of camping and bunk house facilities, caravans and cottages as well as our narrow boats and yacht. Depending on individual circumstances, the possibilities this allows are almost limitless. We are able to operate anywhere in the UK, and by specific agreement, beyond this, to our chalet in the South of France.
The ethos of Thunderbolt Mobile is to break the cycles of negative influences and behaviours by providing a warm and nurturing environment that encourages the growth of self-esteem and provides young people with the right tools to allow them to learn and grow. At Thunderbolt Mobile we encourage our young people to care and respect themselves, their environment and others around them. We aim to develop an enthusiasm for learning and enjoying different life experiences whilst working closely with staff.
Young people make progress from their starting points. They develop an improved understanding into their previous disrupted lives, change their ways and reduce previous risk-taking behaviour
“The rural locations that young people travel to, and stay at, remove young people from previous risk-taking behaviours that made them vulnerable to going missing from home incidents, child sexual exploitation and criminalisation”.