Step Down Services

For children and young people aged 11 to 25


It is all about relationships. At Young Foundations, we believe an equal emphasis on clinical expertise and trusting relationships deliver the best outcomes. Our company is dedicated to delivering treatment to young people with complex needs beyond hospital.

  • Our consultant child psychiatrists lead our multi-disciplinary teams and they provide the expert medical help each young person needs. We can take over the management of their medication and develop psychological treatment programmes to meet their needs. We will deliver services set out in Community Treatment Orders and assist in progress along care pathways leading to improved and fulfilling lives.

    Our clinical support is fully integrated into each home, and all of our staff are trained in psychiatric and psychological treatment models. This additional training underpins the relationship based ethos of every home and gives the staff team the confidence and competence to work successfully with young people with complex needs.

    Our staff team feel proud about the part we play in helping the children and young people to make safe and managed transitions out of hospital.

    Because we believe in families and relationships, we have developed our step down services to be as family like as possible. They are warm and inviting places which promote individual relationships, group living, community integration and positive contributions. Each young person will have a key worker, a dedicated member of the team who will take the lead in looking after them. The key worker will liaise with the team of clinicians and act as the focal point for communication and support with the young person.

  • We believe that all children and young people are best educated and trained within age appropriate peer groups where possible. It is likely that as a result of their mental health issues, they have experienced gaps and delays in their education, so we will provide them with expert support from dedicated teachers to recover and get over these interruptions.


    Our teachers have successfully assisted many young people in achieving accredited qualifications after years of education disruption.

At Young Foundations, we believe that children and young people with mental health issues leaving hospital require caring relationships, targeted treatment and a safe environment.

Each of our clinical support teams is led by one of our four psychiatrists working directly with the young people and the staff team. Young Foundations is registered with the General Medical Council as a Designated Body to oversee the quality of our psychiatric care.