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Vinney Green Secure Unit
Vinney Green Secure Unit is situated in South Gloucestershire, located to the north-east of the city of Bristol. The unit was opened in February 1995 and accommodates up to 24 young people of both sexes, aged between 10 and 17. The main centre, which includes the educational unit, has accommodation for 16 young people. A separate living unit has facilities for a further 8 young people and has been designed to accommodate the needs of young women or vulnerable young men. The unit is set within attractive landscaped grounds and offers a comfortable living and working environment in which young people are encouraged to invest pride and a sense of ownership.
The young people held within the Secure Unit are likely to be amongst the most troubled and troublesome in the country. Equally, they will be vulnerable and often arrive with a history of difficult and challenging behaviour. However, within an environment of reflection, challenge, personal attention and specialised help, they will be encouraged to develop a range of skills, increased self esteem and personal responsibility, as well as changes in attitude. By creating this environment, an atmosphere exists in which change and improvement can be sustained. The long term objective of the unit is to work with young people to change their problematic behaviours to allow them to become a responsible member of his or her community. Full preparation for leaving will be undertaken with particular focus on individual need and circumstances, as well as training, education and employment opportunities.