You may have many questions about how we look after your child while they are living in Rossie. Here are some questions asked regularly by parents, carers and family members about what life is like at Rossie for a young person.
Parents, Carers, and Families
What is Rossie?
Rossie is a care organisation that provides boys and girls aged 10-18 with the right services to help them deal with their problems and challenges.Read More
We provide residential care, accommodation, education, health services and help to plan for a positive future. We help young people who have different problems and complex health and wellbeing needs. Your son or daughter is at the centre of planning their care. We do everything possible to make sure that while living with us, all their experiences are positive.
What does Rossie look like?
Rossie is a modern and new facility with all buildings completed to the highest standards.Read More
All accommodation is well-designed and a very comfortable place to live. Your child will live in a house, which becomes their home while they stay with us – each house is decorated to a high standard, with bright, warm furnishings. Each house has a ‘homely’ feel.
Where is Rossie?
Rossie is located on the east coast of Scotland, in the countryside of Angus just outside Montrose.Read More
Our beautiful woodland setting provides all young people with a tranquil and calm place to live, and our staff a stunning place to work. The grounds are very well maintained. We also offer outdoor learning opportunities through our own Eco School and Forest School.
Who is looking after my child?
We have a very skilled care team who work together to provide the best care for your child, 24 hours a day.Read More
They are compassionate, supportive and work very hard to develop and maintain strong and positive relationships with your child. They work with your child to set appropriate boundaries around behaviours, while maintaining caring relationships. It is very important to us that your child feels safe, accepted and supported.
What is my child's room like?
Everyone has their own room which is designed with your child’s needs in mind. Each room has an en-suite, built in bedroom furniture and a study area.Read More
Each house has a large bright, well-furnished lounge area, a dining-room and games room. These areas are shared with other young people and staff, so your child can spend time with staff and other young people.
What will my child eat?
Our chefs prepare high quality, nutritious meals for all young people. We ensure your child is offered a balanced diet, we consider their likes/dislikes and their views are important for making any improvements.Read More
A lot of our vegetables are grown here at Rossie by our young people as part of their outdoor education experience. Each house has a kitchen for preparing food and baking. We encourage your child to get involved with these activities to help build confidence, learn new like skills and of course, have fun!
If your child has any allergies, we will ensure extra care is taken in preparing meals for them. We also strive to meet our young people’s cultural needs. Some of our young people have dietary requirements stemming from their cultural or religious backgrounds, and we want to ensure all our young people are confident that we will provide for this.
Is Rossie clean and comfortable?
Our hard-working and committed domestic staff and care staff ensure that the houses are spotless and of a high standard, while helping all young people learn about cleaning.Read More
All young people are encouraged to take pride in their own bedroom and responsibility for their possessions. Cleaning is part of the daily routine which helps our young people take ownership of their tasks.
What if my child becomes unwell?
Your child’s health is a priority for us, day and night. Young people are registered with the local health care services and all of our care staff are trained in First Aid.Read More
We have a medical room for young people in secure care which is used for consultations and appointments. We help all our young people in residential care to register with doctors in the local community practices .We have a Nurse Practitioner and Health Care Support Worker who will work with your child to meet any health and medical needs. We make sure we know of any particular medical needs your child has as soon as they come to Rossie.
Will my child enjoy living at Rossie?
We make sure that all young people are made to feel welcome from the first day they come to live in Rossie. All staff do their very best to make sure every child’s experience is a positive one.Read More
Everyone at Rossie works together to ensure your child gets the best care, and the help they need. Staff are fun, outgoing and will support your child to understand the way different activities are organised throughout the day. This provides familiar routines to help all young people feel safe, build their confidence and self-esteem. In school, our teachers make learning and lessons fun, interactive and as engaging as possible. If your child expresses any particular interests, we help them to build on these. We also love to make the most of the outdoors! We enjoy marking national days and events in the calendar like St. Patrick’s Day, Burns Day and Valentine’s Day. We also acknowledge and celebrate different cultures and celebrations like Christmas Day, Ramadan and Chinese New Year.
How much money is my child allowed?
Our young people can earn money on a weekly basis through our ROSSIE Success Level System. This money is well managed and your child knows how much they have at all times. If you want to give your child some money, this is also welcomed and kept separate from their ‘success’ money.
How can I get in touch with my child and can I visit?
We encourage you to visit as long as it is in-line with your child’s plan. To arrange a visit, you must speak to your child’s social worker before contacting us, to ensure everyone is kept up to date.Read More
We ask for 24 hours notice so we can prepare for any requirements such as transport or a meal. We will make you feel welcome and offer you food and refreshments when you arrive.
Visits usually last one hour and you can book a time via the Rossie Reception on 01674820204 or 01674820354.
Visit time slots are usually during the following times:
- Weekdays (Monday to Friday) after 17.00 and before 21.00
- Weekends – anytime before 21.00.
If your child’s placement means they can have access to the community, we can also plan your visit in the community rather than at Rossie. We try to be as flexible and as accommodating as we can, especially for those family members who are travelling long distances. We want your visit to be special and happy for you and your child.
Is my child safe at Rossie?
Keeping your child safe is our main priority. As part of our ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ approach, we are committed to keeping all of our young people safe and healthy.Read More
We also want them to achieve, feel nurtured and cared for, and have fun being active through sports, swimming, walking and dancing. We respect all young people and include them in day-to-day decisions. We also help them to take responsibility for their behaviours and actions. Rossie is a place of safety for your child, so safety is a key priority for us.
What happens if there is any bullying in the house?
Rossie has a No Bullying Policy and we do not tolerate bullying. Staff watch very closely for any signs of bullying.Read More
If your child has experienced an incident of bullying, we will tell you of the event, and what we have done to resolve this. Staff are there to offer support, advice and guidance if any young person is experiencing bullying. We regularly have Compassion and Anti-Bullying Weeks throughout the year. We encourage and help all young people to get involved. We find that young people are very kind to each other and also make friends.
What can I do to help my child achieve?
We encourage families/carers and siblings to keep in regular contact through phone calls, video calls, writing letters or visits – depending on the care plan.Read More
Regular contact helps relationships to continue. Rossie believes family relationships have a major impact on the positive development of each young person. Depending on your child’s plan, we can also arrange ‘home visits’ in the evenings, over weekends and during holidays. We can also support your child to have overnight stays as part of their care plan.
How will my child be educated?
We will provide your child every opportunity to attend school on a daily basis as they would if living at home. Your child can access classes and engage with the Curriculum for Excellence.Read More
We offer National Qualifications that are recognised through both the Scottish Curriculum and the English National Curriculum.
Your child will be offered an Induction into the school as we understand they may have attended classes for some time. They may be nervous about going to a classroom. Our teachers assess so they know what stage of learning your child is at. All class work and homework is planned around your child’s ability and stage of development. Teachers assess your child’s progress throughout the school term so we can track their progress against their personal learning goals.
We offer a range of subjects and regularly add to these options including subjects such as Maths, English and History. We also offer other choices such as Dance, Outdoor Education and Craft Design and Technology. We also encourage young people to take up work experience opportunities where possible. See our Education and Employability Skills page for more information.
Specialist Intervention Services (SIS)
This is our psychology service and our SIS team will get to know your child and their needs very well. We focus on your child’s physical, emotional and behavioural wellbeing and we do our best to help them learn new skills to cope with difficult emotions like sadness or anger. Our SIS staff will carry out assessments with your child and then work with them to deal with their concerns and plan for their future. See our Health and Psychological Services page for more information.
How will my child gain confidence while at Rossie?
We know that daily routines will build your child’s confidence. These include having breakfast, going to school, taking part in evening activities, having fun, and waking up and going to sleep at the same time every night.Read More
A regular structure also helps your child feel safe while living in Rossie. We take the time to get to know your child and their needs as they get to know us, while building trust. We work at your child’s pace. Your child has a number of key workers and together they form what we call the ‘Team Around the Child’ (TATC). Your child is also part of this team. They will help and support your child deal with difficulties and all aspects of their behaviour. Your child’s wellbeing is the central concern and focus of this group. Your child is encouraged to attend TATC meetings which take place every 6 weeks, so that they are involved in updating their current care plan. Your child’s contributions are listen to and taken very seriously. You will receive weekly progress updates from your child’s Key Worker within the care service.
What does my child's day look like?
On a typical day during term, your child will keep to the Structure of the Day. We try to mirror everyday family life and to support our young people through daily tasks.Read More
You child is woken up at the same time on weekdays and can have a long lie at the weekends if they wish.
Getting ready for school
Once your child is up and awake, it is time for them to have a shower, tidy their room and get ready for school.
We prepare and encourage your child to have a healthy breakfast every morning to give them the energy they need for the day ahead. We have a number of Breakfast Club activities which include dance and trampoline sessions and walking. These help your child become more energised and have a more positive frame of mind which helps everyone’s mood and learning.
The school day
Your child goes to School where there are 7 periods with a morning break and 50 minute lunch break.
During the week after school, your child has ‘Free time’, when they can do homework, go for a walk, go swimming, play sports in the gym hall or relax in their house. We can also arrange for ‘home leave’ at the weekend as part of your child’s care plan. We have Supported Study sessions, and your child is encouraged to go to these as extra support is available for homework and any aspect of their stay. Each house has a weekly meeting to share ideas, make suggestions and discuss any concerns.
Your child will enjoy a nutritious, healthy meal prepared by our chefs with the other young people and staff in their house.
Depending on what your child and the other young people want to do, we have a mix of activities. Usually, young people like to do something active like go swimming or play pool. If your child is in the secure care service and their plan says they can have access to the community or ‘home leave’, this can also be arranged. Young people can go to our Youth Club, where they can help with planning the activities for the next few weeks. Activities are fun and help build skills for life, and range from quizzes and baking, to playing Rounders and creating music.
It has been a long day and we do not want to send your child to bed hungry! We encourage them to have something to eat before putting their head down for the night.
The time your child goes to bed depends on their age. They have some time to settle, and then we switch off their lights and TV screens in their bedroom to ensure they have opportunity for a full night’s sleep. We are aware that when it comes to getting to sleep, it may be difficult for some young people to stop their thoughts keeping them awake. They may find that doing some reading or watching a movie will help distract them from any worries or fears they may have. We help our young people find the right balance by providing set times to switch off bright lights and TV screens in their room.
During the holidays
At Rossie, we have a shorter summer holiday of 3 weeks. This enables us to split school learning into more manageable phases resulting in a higher number of holiday periods throughout the year. This ensures your child is not overwhelmed by too much formal learning. We may be able to arrange some home leave. If this is not appropriate, we will ensure your child is not bored. Each house has a ‘Holiday Planner’ filled with daily fun activities. Your child can choose what they want to take part in whether it’s a Pool tournament, going to the beach, a game of football or a movie night with popcorn.
What activities are available?
We try to keep our young people interested and engaged as much as possible, whether it’s through a project, the John Muir Award, the Rossie Book Club, dance sessions in our dance studio, sports, Forest School or our Youth Club.Read More
We also have our hair and beauty salon which all young people enjoy. There is always something your child can get involved in educationally or just for fun.
On campus we have a gym, a swimming pool, cooking facilities and outdoor and indoor activities. Depending on your child’s Placement Plan, we can arrange for your child to engage in activities in the community such as going to the cinema, going shopping, sight-seeing or voluntary work.
We like to celebrate our seasons. In the spring and summer, we encourage our young people to take part in horticulture and outdoor learning as well as fun days out at the beach. In the colder months, we celebrate major events such as Halloween, Christmas, New Year and Robert Burns Day.
What happens when my child leaves Rossie?
We have a fantastic Throughcare service at Rossie and our Throughcare specialists meet your child when they come to live here. They work closely with your child to support their education, employability and life skills, and to help give them the best chance in their future.Read More
We also have strong relationships with organisations like Skills Development Scotland and Volunteer Action Angus. When your child leaves us, we make this process as easy as possible. They will be given an information sheet to fill out while they are here; containing all the information they need for their future. This includes personal and medical information, support contacts and help-lines. We encourage our young people to create and regularly update a ‘Memory Book’ of their time spent with us. This is something they can take away and look back on all of the positive experiences they had living with us. Lastly, we want your child to know that support is still available to them after they leave. They can contact us through our Throughcare Aftercare Facebook page. We love to hear about the progress they have made since leaving Rossie and we can also signpost them to any services they might need to help them further.
What help will my child get?
Your child will get the best help possible so they can deal with any worries, fears or problems they may have. We will keep them safe at all times and build their trust in us.Read More
We will help and support them in lots of ways – but always at their pace. The help your child will receive is detailed in their individual plan – based on their needs, and this is developed with your child once they start living with us. Secure and Residential Care Each member of our care staff plays a part in the progress of your child. They are polite, friendly, respectful and firm when they need to be – all geared towards building a positive relationship with your child. Care staff will support your child through daily tasks, moving between placements, studies, appointments and anything else your child needs. See our Secure Accommodation and Residential Accommodation pages for more information.
How do I raise concerns?
If you have a suggestion for how we can improve, or are unhappy with any of the services provided to you at Rossie, we want to hear from you! We want you to feel you can speak to us directly, but if this is not possible, please go to our quick and easy online form.
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