Anyone with a defined need can benefit from time on a care farm. This could be a clinical diagnosis, a social care need or an educational need.
Care farms most frequently provide services for people with mental ill-health or dementia, adults and children with learning disabilities or with ASD, those with a drug or alcohol addiction history, children excluded from school or on Alternative Provision and ex-service personnel with PTSD.
Around 250 care farms provide services for an estimated total of 8,750 service users per week across the UK. Care farming is becoming more widely recognised by health, specialist education and social care commissioners for delivering a professional, quality service to a range of service user groups.
All sorts of different organisations refer people to care farms – from social services, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and Alternative Provision Institutions (APIs) to GPs and families.