Welcome to The Shires

We provide a wide range of specialist residential care and education for children and young people aged 11 to 19 years and for adults aged 19 to 65 years who have a diagnosis of autism and may have accompanying learning disabilities. Some of the children who join The Shires at the age of 11 years are able to transition to our Post 19 services. As a result The Shires Post 19 provision enables us to continue to meet the needs of adults up to the age of 65 years.

The experience, training and qualifications of our staff enable us to set and maintain the very highest standards for working with and caring for the children and young adults with autism.

Parents and placing authorities respect and value our professionalism, warmth and integrity and the way we strive to create a family-like ethos and a homely atmosphere.

“The children’s home provides highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good. The actions of the children’s home contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people who need help, protection and care.” (Ofsted 2018)

“Highly effective services that contribute to significant improved outcomes for children and young people who need help and protection and care. Their progress exceeds expectations and is sustained over time.” (Ofsted)