Gatehouse of Caprington

Gatehouse of Caprington

Gatehouse of Caprington offers enhanced support, providing tailored therapy to children and young people with identified assessed needs who have presented as high risk, exceptionally vulnerable or in need of greater protection. In a semi- rural location the service offers a therapeutic, family environment for 5 children and young people aged between 7–18 years within the charming village of Gatehead.

Needs of Young People

Gatehouse of Caprington promotes an ethos of safety and well-being for all children, young people and staff. The principles of GIRFEC are at the core of the work used to promote boundaries and safe care, with a further emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of the full Aspire Scotland team used to establish a safe and secure environment.

The service offers support to children and young people who have a range of specific needs including emotional well-being, mental well-being concerns and those who face significant challenges to their reintegration into a community setting.

Within a 24 hour wakened service, the availability of 1:1 and 2:1 supports is viewed as crucial to supporting the previous work of other professionals and in securing positive transitions.

Assessment and Planning

Gatehouse 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. Care Staff and education staff work closely together to agree shared needs, consistent strategies and approaches.


Our team at our Gatehouse service have a wide range of experience and expertise in working with individuals who require enhanced support. Our approach is to work in a planned and systematic manner to achieve the necessary development in the individual and their circumstances to enable full or supported independence.

Staff are mindful of the backgrounds of each young people and effectively use nurturing approaches to create a truly calm and supportive ethos. Transition from previous placements are carefully planned with full credence given to the voice of the young person. Our team are experienced and skilled in delivering specific interventions including restorative approaches, support for substance misuse and trauma counselling.

A mentoring service for each individual is available, which is driven by a focus on challenge and opportunity in the pursuit of lasting social change. As appropriate, and in keeping with the Child’s Plan, staff work in a robust manner to effect lasting change through preventative and early interventions, continuity of care and multi-agency work.


Gatehouse of Caprington, by its very location, affords privacy and safety and its grounds allow for a range of activities including both leisure and structured engagement. The designated horticultural area along with its access to the nearby river and farmland allows for therapeutic input via animal husbandry and work experience. Situated just 5 minutes’ drive to Kilmarnock young people have access to a plethora of engaging activities and social outings including:

  • Galleon Sports Centre.
  • Odeon Cinema.
  • Rugby Park – Home to Kilmarnock FC.
  • Centre Stage Dance & Music Studio.
  • Dick Institute; Museum, Gallery and Library.
  • Army Cadet Force.
  • Dean Castle Country Park.
  • Ten Pin Bowling.
  • Go-Karting.
  • The Ayrshire Athletics Arena.
  • Annanhill & Caprington Golf Courses.
  • The Palace Theatre.
  • Power league.
  • Local beaches – Ayr, Troon, Dunure, Irvine, Prestwick.

Positive Outcomes

Many of our residents currently enjoy increased independence and home contact as a prelude to a transition home.

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