As the only medium secure service for young men aged between 18 and 25, we have developed this unique service based on our successful adolescent and adult mental health services.
Our therapy programmes are tailored to meet the complex needs of our patients as they transition into adulthood and have been adapted with a focus on education and vocational opportunities.
Who we care for
Young men aged between 18 and 25 on admission who:
• have a diagnosis of either mental illness, emerging personality disorder or co-morbid conditions
• pose a significant risk of harming themselves or others
• require care within a medium secure environment.
These criteria are a guide for assessing suitability; each patient will be considered individually.
Supporting vulnerable patients at challenging times
We use the Good Lives Model and DBT to address the underlying causes of trauma and offending behaviour and to provide strategies to support patients in coping with daily life. Patients are supported in taking responsibility for their own treatment through My Shared Pathway. Lord Bradley’s 2014 review identified the difficulties facing vulnerable young adults as they transition from adolescent to adult services. We are able to continue therapy programmes if patients transition from our adolescent services or into our adult services and spend time preparing them for the changes in approach.
Delivered by a full time, on site MDT, patients will benefit from our therapy programmes, specially adapted for the needs of vulnerable young men:
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Adapted Sex Offender Treatment Group
- vocational therapy including work experience programmes
- sensory integration.
We exceed the recommended 25 hours of meaningful activity.
Facilities on the unit
Located within William Wake House, our specialist transitional service has:
- modern bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
- therapy areas including crafts, information technology (IT) skills, kitchens and vocational rehabilitation
- sensory room
- a low stimulus environment to support patients during challenging times
- large private courtyard gardens
- a child and family visitor room
- a multi-faith room
- swimming pool
- GP and dental care.
Discharge is considered at admission and our clinical and social work teams work with appropriate case managers to support a transition.