The "students" are young people aged between 18 and 30 who have special needs. Most are able to work to some degree. The community functions best when there is a balance between the able and the less able students.
Beannachar produces two handbooks, one for prospective students thinking of joining us: "An introduction to Beannachar", and one for students who work or live here: "Students' Handbook".
Please contact us if you would like us to send you one of the handbooks.
The procedure for the admission of students is as follows:
Beannachar sees its task as a training centre, helping the young person to develop the skills necessary to find his/her place in life. It is therefore important, from quite early on, to look ahead, and to prepare for the process of leaving at every level. At the reviews, the student, the parents and the social worker can exchange their experiences and their views on what the next step could be. Experience has shown that between two and three years is a realistic time-span for finding a new situation. However, in some instances of extremely problematic behaviour we may insist on our right to dismiss a student at short notice, generally four weeks. If the placement of any particular student is in a critical phase or in jeopardy, a “break-down of placement” agreement would be drawn up between social worker/care manager, Beannachar and that individual student and/or their representative.
As stated in our Terms and Conditions, responsibility rests with the relevant social work department to identify a new placement for any student who leaves Beannachar. Co-workers in Beannachar will assist and promote this process as far as is possible and appropriate, especially by helping to prepare the student for a change in their life. This may take the form of facilitating interviews, visits or trial periods, and also of communicating with the prospective placement with regard to the student’s particular needs. The student’s parents will be kept informed of, and involved in, this leaving process, and it will be monitored in reviews.