What is Rossie?

Rossie is a registered Scottish charity, dating back to 1857, located on the east coast of Scotland, and one of the UK’s longest established providers of children’s services.

We are licensed by Scottish Ministers and regulated by the Care and Education Inspectorates, and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). Governance and strategic direction rest with our Board of Governors, who operate in a voluntary capacity, and discharge all responsibilities through the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Leadership and Management Team. We are a learning organisation and are committed to ongoing development, improvement and innovation. We have won multiple national awards and aspire to be a Centre of Excellence that Changes Lives. Our aim is to protect and improve the wellbeing of young people in our care, maximising their potential and resilience and easing their transition back into their communities.

We work with young people, boys and girls, aged 10-18 years old, who have been exposed to multiple adverse childhood experiences resulting in many complex needs and vulnerabilities. We understand that when children are exposed to adverse and stressful life events these can have a long-lasting impact on their ability to think, learn, develop, and interact with others. We help young people deal with these traumatic events by providing age appropriate and relevant care, education, health, and therapeutic interventions. We also commission independent advocacy and participation services for our young people.

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We are a child centred organisation and our work is relationship-focused. We deliver all our services in a safe and nurturing environment where our young people can grow, develop and thrive, at their own pace. We ensure our young people are at the heart of decision making about their care and future so they can achieve positive outcomes. We provide a diverse range of services to our young people 365 days a year, and these are delivered through multi-disciplinary staff teams. We invest heavily in staff training and development to ensure staff are trauma-informed. This means they are competent in helping our young people deal with their early life adversity and supporting their positive change. We also work closely and collaboratively with key external professional community based partners in the best interests of our young people.

As an organisation our location is unique and we have the benefit of 150 acres of extensive mature grounds and woodlands. We maximise this asset for outdoor learning, health and wellbeing and therapeutic purposes.

We are committed to being an effective, efficient, economically viable and sustainable organisation. Any and all income generated through our services is reinvested back into the organisation to improve and enhance the services provided to all young people, families/carers, commissioners and key stakeholders.


Secure care

Our Secure Accommodation is divided into three houses, accommodating up to six young people per house. It is a place of safety and security for vulnerable young people who find themselves in an unsafe world. Each young person is supported – in all aspects of their time here – by a group of experienced workers named the ‘Team Around the Child’. This team works with the young person to achieve the best outcomes for them.

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Residential care

Our residential homes which we have named Annan and Esk, provide ‘close support’ meaning they provide more support than traditional care homes. Forth House, our third residence is a traditional family style house which helps towards independence. The young people in this house still require support, but have come through secure care and/or residential care.

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Short Breaks

Short Breaks provide opportunities for young people to enjoy new experiences, build new relationships, develop confidence, independence and increase their social / emotional skills.  Rossie offers a ‘home-away-from-home’ model of care, with experienced and highly qualified dedicated staff. The young person will live in one of our houses, which is very comfortable and furnished to a very high standard and benefit from access to our full range of services.

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Specialist intervention services

Interventions are flexible, adapted to young people’s circumstances, including gender, and delivered with reference to young people’s level of motivation, pace of learning and learning style. All manualised interventions are subject to baseline assessment (T1) of existing skills, attitudes or feelings and on completion (T2). Engagement, completion rates and outcomes are monitored and evaluated using a variety of tooling. Modules can be delivered in sequence or can stand alone.

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From the moment the young person arrives at Rossie, to when they leave and beyond, the Throughcare team are there to support them. Our Throughcare specialist and the rest of the team are passionate about giving our young people the best possible chance to make good decisions in the future. Once the young person’s time at Rossie is complete, the support doesn’t stop there.

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Education & Employability Skills

The Journey through Education at Rossie aims to re-engage young people in learning, promote achievement and attainment as well as developing skills for learning, life and work.

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Rossie Young People’s Trust


11,363 young people since 1857