Prior to being placed at Toll House, E had a difficult and traumatic start to life, experiencing neglect and abuse from family members.
Education was E's only form of sanctuary, where he developed a great working relationship with a TA, and found this to be a nurturing environment where he would be provided with his only hot meal of the day prior to social care involvement. A foster placement was located and he initially began to stabilise however, this was short lived and unfortunately education began to take a back seat, so much so that E was removed from mainstream school and placed on an outreach plan. E began to display significantly concerning behaviours from drug use, missing episodes, spending time with the homeless and refusing to engage with any professional. He lacked his own identity and developed attachment issues.
E was placed in a city based residential setting however, the locality did not suit his behaviours and he became un manageable, placing himself at risk even further with regards to missing and drug use. From there, he was placed at Toll House. Since residing at Toll House, E has reduced his missing episodes and drug use to the point where this is no longer a concern. He has developed his own idendity and feel confident in his own skin. He now has free time in the community and has a girl friend of his own age.
Educationally E struggled however, he was supplied with inhouse education at Toll, where he has flourished, engaging on a daily basis, using many educational methods i.e. pastoral, AQA and ASDAN. E is now at college completing an animal care qualification and is maintaining a work based placement at a local tourist farm which he thoroughly enjoys.
E is now considering his next move, which is looking like independent living, although this is a big step for E, we feel confident he will be ready when that time comes. Well done E
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