Stoke on Trent / Staffordshire

Age Range: 9-18yrs
Gender: Boys and Girls
No. of Children: 3
Category: SEMH
Education: Glebedale School
Ofsted Rating: Good

Philosophy of Care

The Laurels cares for children who have specific emotional and behaviour difficulties due to early childhood trauma. Our therapeutic environment and support provides consistency and stability, structure and clear boundaries, allowing children to form a sense of who they are, confidence and self-worth, all from a safe and secure base. The practice is also supported by Consultant Psychologists and Psychotherapists. Therapeutic provision can include Counselling and Play Therapy with individualised programmes of care.

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 Glebedale 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.


The Laurels offers a range of outdoor activities aimed at rebuilding low self-esteem and enhancing positive self-image. The close proximity to the industrial centre of England ensures plenty of activities are on offer including fishing, horse riding and mountain biking.

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