Introduction

The Good Shepherd Secure/Close Support Unit comprises an 18-bed secure unit, a six-bed Close Support Unit and a three-bed semi-independent unit, dedicated to providing high quality services for young people.

The Good Shepherd Secure/Close is an independent provider governed by a Board of Managers.

The Admissions Route for young people coming to The Good Shepherd Secure/Close Support Unit is through the Children's Hearing System and through the Courts. We opened on 28th August 2006.

The Secure Unit comprises three six-bed house units, an education facility, a recreation facility and a health and admissions facility. One house unit functions as an assessment unit, with all young people receiving a full assessment on admission: another house unit functions as a short term unit with the ability to also provide assessments: and the other house unit functions as a longer term unit.

The Close Support Unit comprises of six beds and functions as a transition Resource facilitating young people who may be ready to leave the secure unit but still require extra support before moving onto a less structured environment. Young people residing in the Close Support Unit will access education in the secure unit or other community-based resources. We will consider referrals directly to our Close Support Unit for those young people at risk of secure care and/or who require a full needs and risk assessment within an intensive and highly supportive environment.

The semi-independent Unit (cottage) comprises of three beds and is an extension of the function of the Close Support Unit but with a much more specific focus on developing independent living skills.

“...the care you are receiving at the Good Shepherd Centre, Bishopton seems to be the most positive you have received in recent years.”
High Court Judge, Sean Murphy, QC, on sentencing a young girl. November 2010.