The ARC (Activity Residential Care) Service at New Forest Care provides short term placements for young people experiencing placement breakdowns, young people with emerging complex behaviours that challenge the provision of long term placements, and those at risk from CSE, gangs, at risk in the community or posing a risk to others. A key part of this service is to engage young people in adventurous activities, which are physically and mentally challenging to bring about change in young people who are in crisis whilst providing an ongoing educational input either as part of the national curriculum or a qualification route such as City & Guilds.
Our qualified activity instructors make good use of the 55 acres of arable land and woodlands at our Outdoor Learning Centre to deliver a wide range of exciting activities and learning opportunities which can include, Forest School, Bush Craft, Outdoor Cooking, Climbing Wall, Archery. We also provide offsite activities such as kayaking, orienteering, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, horse riding.
During placement with ARC the Education team will work with young people to develop an individual programme that allows them to try a wide range of activities. The individualised programme supports them to build self-confidence and resilience and to reengage with the education process. Each young person has the opportunity to achieve qualifications through AQA and other awarding bodies and complete certificated courses including national governing body awards in outdoor activity, animal management, mechanics, art and pottery.
Core subjects Maths, English and sciences and wider learning is embedded in the activities programmes with targets being set to meet recognised outcomes, which are then formally reviewed. Additional learning opportunities and support can be resourced through our registered school where required which can include sitting formal exams. We work in partnership with the local authority social care teams and virtual schools to ensure that our work here meets immediate and future education needs and goals.