Care farms offer calming and supportive spaces for young people who may struggle with learning. On a care farm, young people can improve their health and wellbeing or gain qualifications and skills. For some young people, care farming can be a path back to mainstream education.
Over half of UK care farms work with young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and learning difficulties or as part of Alternative Provision. Around 40% of UK care farms work with under 18s with learning disabilities, mental ill health or physical disabilities.
Young people can be referred to care farms by schools, local authorities, parents or other agencies. Referrals can be for many different reasons, including learning difficulties, a disability, behavioural challenges or mental ill health. Referrals to care farms can be part of SEND, part of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or as Alternative Education Provision.