Increasing confidence and building resilience.

We organise therapeutic residential camps for 11- 18 year olds all over the country. We have some places available on the TalkAdoption Therapeutic Residential Camps that we are holding in February 2019

Peak District Camp:

  • 18 – 20 February. Ages: 11-13
  • 20 – 22 February. Ages: 14-15


The camps are residential for two nights and have a balance of structured outdoor activities alongside quieter more therapeutic and reflective activities. They have received fantastic feedback from adopted young people and their parents alike. The camps are for the young people alone and are fully staffed with trained and knowledgeable workers on a minimum ratio of one staff member to two children. Some of our parents have even taken the opportunity to enjoy a short break nearby while the children are at camp – with the assurance that the children are safe and secure nearby.


Our camps can help your child in many ways:

  • Improving family relationships
  • Reducing social isolation
  • Improved integration of adoption into wider sense of self
  • Increase skills building for adopted young people


What do you need to do:

  • Confirm your interest and ability to attend for dates listed above.
  • Families must get in touch with their local authority to have a worker designated to them to support them in this process.


To reserve a space on the camp we would need to receive the following:

  • A contact for a designated social worker that will be assisting you in the application process.
  • A completed referral form from your local authority.
  • Confirmation that your local authority is able to apply to the adoption support fund.
  • Confirmation of funding.


We are able to support you and your local authority with this process but need the contact of your social worker and local authority. Please note even once funding has been confirmed, places are not guaranteed until an assessment has been done and the camp is determined suitable for all young people referred.


Please note that we require referrals from your local authority to provisionally book your young person(s) on the residential camp. Places are subject to availability. To express your interest, call us on 0161 830 2027 or send email to


Frequently Asked Questions:

How long is the camp?

  • 3 days, 2 nights


How many people are there?

  • 10 young people, 6 staff


What about transporting the young person to and from camp?

  • Parents are responsible for transporting their young person to and from camp. If you are unable to do so we may speak with your local authority to see if there are any other options but there are no guarantees.


What if we can’t make the pre camp activity day?

  • The pre camp activity day is mandatory and is part of the evaluation process to ensure the camps are safe and appropriate for everyone. If you are unable to attend, your camp lead will speak to you about options.


What if I don’t have an allocated social worker?

  • Families need to contact their local authority to have a worker allocated to them. This worker will do an assessment and if they find the camp will meet the needs of the young people will make a referral to the adoption support fund on your behalf.  Please note: Once you have a worker allocated After Adoption will help the worker and yourselves through the process.


What if my local authority cannot get the funding by the deadline?

  • If the local authority cannot make the deadline, they are able to sign a quote letter which is a promise of funding. Once this is received by After Adoption a place can be reserved.


My local authority is not responding to me/have advised they cannot make it within the deadline provided?

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Support for children and young people

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SafeBase in the Teenage Years

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SafeBase for Schools

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Who to contact

To find out more call: 0800 0568 578 or email

Useful links

ActionLine: 0800 0 568 578
Family Finding and Adoption Support