Young people are referred to Amelia Trust by schools, Pupil Referral Units, Social Services, Youth Offending Services and Independent Foster Care Services.

The young person attends an informal interview before beginning a placement at Amelia Trust Farm. An Initial Assessment (IA) of interest, relationship and communication skills is made. This assessment and the information provided in the Young Person Referral Form are used to create the first Individual Placement Plan (IPP) and the structure to the first Intervention/Activity Timetable. An induction pack is completed on the first placement day and the young person is given support with staff identification and peer socialisation.

The daily timetable is designed to meet the personal, emotional and social needs of an individual with a view to encouraging them to re-engage with learning. Each intervention or activity session averages about one hour with added breaks where necessary. These sessions are extended to longer periods as the young person develops in confidence and skill level. The Young Person Development Strategy (YPDS) inspires and supports the individual to achieve in all areas of the farm by offering them clear development opportunities. This young person led strategy allows the individual to have an ‘Exploration Period’ where he/she is exposed to new experiences, establishes new relationships and the chance to instil confidence and security. Depending on the rate of personal development, a young person is then offered a ‘Trial Period of Responsibility’ within an identified area of the farm. This stage of development encourages the young person to take an active part in planning for their future.