Shropshire / Staffordshire

Age Range: 6 – 18 Years
Gender: Boys and Girls
No. of Children: 4
Category: SEMH
Education: Hillcrest Shifnal School
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding

Philosophy of Care

The Birches offers young children the chance to live and play on their own or in groups appropriately supervised by adults, thus allowing them to understand the importance of boundaries, structure and negotiation whilst giving children a childhood.

Children with a wide range of Emotional and Behavioural needs, who have had little or interrupted education and/or who display aggressive behaviour tend to be particularly suited to Birches.

Therapeutic Provision

Our therapeutic model recognises that all the people we support are individual and our provision is tailored to meet their needs and wishes from the point of admission and throughout their journey with us.

Clinical support is led by the Head of Clinical Services and is delivered by a core team of clinicians to include Clinical Psychologists, Forensic Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists.

Each service’s designated team will reflect the needs of the children and young people that live and learn within the schools and or homes, however additional support can also be accessed from other specialists within the wider Clinical Team. This enables us to be responsive to any newly identified, time limited or changing needs of an individual throughout their placement with us.

Offering highly specialised assessment, consultation, reflective practice supervision and bespoke training, the Clinical Team work directly with education and care staff teams to develop a shared understanding of the children, the resources and the practices needed. This ensures that we deliver the highest quality provision which maximises each person’s quality of life and personal achievements.

Within our specialist schools the clinicians aim to reduce potential barriers to learning and educational success by working directly with the children and young people in line with their ECHP recommendations.
Our evidence informed models are based on best practice guidance and are governed through the Outcomes First Governance Framework.


Education is offered at nearby Shifnal School registered with Ofsted and catering for children aged 7-16yrs. Education is provided in a structured and caring environment and planned to meet both academic and pastoral needs of the children.

The education provision is continuously developing and is flexible to the needs of the individuals as well as the demands of the National Curriculum.


Birches offers a range of outdoor activities aimed at rebuilding low self-esteem and enhancing positive self-image. The close proximity to Shropshire creates opportunity for many outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing and biking. There is also opportunity for other activities such as swimming, bowling, ice skating and the cinema in the nearby area.

Referrals and Admissions

Our aim is to match the needs of each individual child placed in our care. Wherever possible admissions should be planned and involve all family and professionals so as to ensure each placement has the best possible start.

To make a referral please contact our Referrals Team.

Tel: 03458 727477