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A Wilderness Way is a sector-leading provider of therapeutic residential care for children who have been victims of abuse and exploitation.

Our care is guided by a simple aim: to transform children’s lives.

Our holistic care aims to support children to recover from trauma, and to grow, achieve and prepare for a positive future. We offer safety and stability, a spirit of fun and adventure, and therapeutic care which enables children to thrive.

Our homes are located across rural Cumbria, the north-east and Northumberland and south Lanarkshire, in peaceful and inspirational surroundings. This provides not only safety and tranquillity for the children, but also endless opportunities for adventure and exploration.

All our homes are large, detached properties, which have been carefully designed to provide a warm, family environment. One child lives in each home, supported by two carers, which offers the opportunity to build the strong relationships with the children that are at the heart of our care.

The children we look after are mainly between the ages of 13 and 18. They will typically stay with us at Wilderness for around 4 months.

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Our Vision

To support, nurture and empower children in order to transform their lives, now and in the future.

Our Mission

We have a relentless commitment to providing outstanding care for every child we look after.

Working together with a shared culture of empathy, humanity and compassion, we create the space, safety and support to enable children to face their future with optimism and confidence. We build a bridge for every child from a difficult past to a brighter future.

Our Values

Our values are based on the principle of CARE: Care for each other, care for the children we look after and care about what we do.


We collaborate in a spirit of openness and humility, recognising the multiple perspectives, unique contributions and commitment of all team members to the best possible care for our children.


We adopt a learning culture which promotes honesty above results, seeing our practice as a continuous process of reflection, adaptation and growth.


We respect and value everyone as an individual with their own strengths, needs and experiences and a shared humanity.


We behave with empathy and compassion and we treat each other as partners with a shared goal.

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