Brownhill Cottage

Brownhill Cottage

Brownhill Cottage is a singleton placement in a quiet rural environment. It supports one child or young person with complex needs and who presents as high risk, is exceptionally vulnerable and is in need of greater protection. Brownhill Cottage is located in the village of Tarbolton, south of Kilmarnock.

Needs of Young People

The young people in Brownhill Cottage generally have difficulty sustaining relationships and find living in a group setting problematic. Residents may require ‘trauma-related’ supports and well-being intervention approaches in keeping with the robust risk-management programmes. The environment, routines and strategies reflect what works best for the individual young person.

Staff ratios reflect the needs of the young person.  2:1 support is in evidence across its 24 hour wakened service.

Assessment and Planning

Brownhill Cottage facilitates robust internal assessment, taking full account of the SHANARRI model, and also ensures young people access relevant external agency assessment, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) as required. On the basis of this careful assessment, including risk assessment and existing plans, Brownhill staff, along with representatives from the placing authority and parents/carers and the young person, agree suitably challenging outcomes. Care Staff and education staff work closely together to agree shared needs, consistent strategies and approaches.


Our team at Brownhill Cottage have a very strong reputation in supporting individuals with complex additional support needs. GIRFEC is central to all work and there is a prominence placed on the clear roles and responsibilities of the young person and worker to establish a safe and therapeutic environment. Transition from previous placements are carefully planned and staff listen to the voice of the young person. They also ensure that all other transitions are carefully discussed and planned.


The location of Brownhill Cottage benefits from an 8 minute drive to Kilmarnock and a 15 minute drive to Ayr, both locations offer a wide range of amenities for a child or young person to appreciate. Local activities include:

  • The Palace Centre.
  • Caprington Golf Course.
  • Dean Castle Country Park.
  • Centre Stage Dance & Music Studio.
  • Dick Institute; Museum, Gallery and Library.
  • The Music Box.
  • Go-Karting & Ten Pin Bowling.
  • The Ayrshire Athletics Arena.
  • Annanhill & Caprington Golf Courses.
  • Local beaches – Ayr, Troon, Dunure, Irvine, Prestwick.

Positive Outcomes

Young people who have resided at Brownhill Cottage have enjoyed long term placements where they have faced their significant social and emotional barriers to group integration. Our current resident has expressed their contentment and progress at Brownhill Cottage through a video production from Who Cares? Scotland.

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