Prior to arriving at Rowan House, N had a very difficult start to life, moving from various foster care and residential homes (32 in total) as well as in a secure setting.
N struggled with acceptance as she was transitioning from male to female.
Upon her arrival at Rowan House, N had a permissive DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) order in place, which incorporated no social time, no money in hand due to high sexualised behaviours. N struggled to trust anyone and stated she didn't want any help.
However, the team embraced and nurtured N, even when she presented with highly challenging behaviours. This caring and consistent approach enabled strong working relationships between N and our dedicated team. Soon, N began to accept the care and support being provided by the team.
While staying at Rowan House, N joined a local Army Cadet group and began to enjoy the structure and routine this provided. N was given the honour of carrying the Flag at the Armistice Parade which was a great highlight for N.
Over time, N developed positive coping strategies for her negative behaviours, and also developed trusting relationships with the team which was a huge step for N. She also gained employment with an events management team and would to work for weeks at a time. In due course. N was allowed some free time in the community and also learnt to manage her own money, with committed help from Rowan House Team.
Due to this excellent progress in her behaviours, N made an application to remove the DoLS order at the high courts, with the ongoing support from Rowan House staff. The DoLS order was indeed removed which was a fantastic achievement and testimony to all the hard work of the staff and N.
As N settled, she began to start rebuilding relationships with her birth Mother, and then her birth Father too. This has continued to strengthen positively.
N made great progress at Rowan House which was very rewarding for all the team involved. Soon, she was able to consider a move back to her home county.
In fact, N has indeed, moved into a semi-independent flat in her home County and is currently holding down a full time job and has a great social group that she has regular meets.
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