‘Moving On’ to bright futures with ASDAN

We are delighted to have partnered with ASDAN as their pilot centre for a brand new course – ‘Moving On’ – which is designed for young people aged 16 and above to help them prepare to live independently.

ASDAN is an education charity and awarding organisation which provides courses for children with diverse needs who may not have been able to participate fully in education, helping them to develop skills for learning, work and life.

Their new Moving On course is designed specifically for young people who may be preparing to leave care, move away from their family home or away to university.


The course is structured around five different aspects of what it means to live independently as a young adult, for example ‘Being Healthy’, ‘Relating to People’ and ‘Managing Money’.

Our Education Manager, Jamie, shares why AWW decided to take part in the pilot scheme and how a child we support became the first child in the UK to achieve a Moving On certificate.

“When our children arrive at AWW, they haven’t usually accessed a stable education provision for a long time”, says Jamie. “Understandably, they can be quite turned off to the idea of learning at first, so that’s where ASDAN’s programmes come in.”

“Many of our older children want to move to semi-independence after AWW, but they often don’t really know what this entails, so when Moving On was released and I saw the pilot scheme and I thought it was exactly what our children needed.

The flexibility of the Moving On modules, and the practical and accessible pedagogy, fits really well into how we teach and how our children learn best.

The content is perfect for our children as it supports them to develop their skills and independence and take control of their futures.

Our children are unlikely to have a linear progression through education, so having ASDAN certification to show their achievements is a great confidence boost and a fantastic way to evidence and celebrate their progression.

We were delighted that we were able to pilot this scheme, and that an amazing young lady who we look after would be the first in the UK to complete this course and gain a Moving On certification! She came to AWW at age 16 after having previously had a difficult experience in a semi-independent living situation.

She began with the ‘Starting your Career’ module as she had just completed her GCSEs. She knew she’d been let down in life and wanted to help other children like her to make sure they weren’t let down too. She learned about different pathways into being a psychologist and children’s therapist and learned how to apply for college.

She now has a clear pathway and a mind map on the wall with steps to get her where she wants to be. She carried out extensive research and decided to apply for a social care course near her new home!

She found this course so useful that she has since also completed the ‘Building a Home’ and ‘Managing Money’ modules, which have empowered her as she moves on to a more independent living situation. We are so proud of all that she has achieved and we know she will go on to have a bright future.”

Find out more about ASDAN and their Moving On course here.

If you would like to join our fabulous team we would love to hear from you.  Please find our current vacancies here.

What Others Say About Us

I am truly taken aback by the level of care you have shown. The staff have gone out of their way to show him the attention and care that he has never had. When I visited him, it was like I was looking at a different child to what he was before he came. He was not like a child in care, he was like a child in a family. You have literally saved his life.

Social Worker

All children and young people thrive, and they make progress while living at the home. Because of the services provided the children and young people experience an individualised, stable and consistent home life. Children and young people benefit from the integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to education and care. They each achieve their full potential and, in many cases, do so beyond previous expectations.


I am so grateful to the AWW team for their dedication and commitment to caring and supporting Sam. He recently reported that being at there gave him the space to think and the opportunity to reflect on his attitude and make plans for his future.

Social Worker

I have to share my delight at Luke’s progress at AWW. Thanks to your support, in the last 17 weeks Luke and has turned his life around significantly. From where he has come from to where he is now, I am so proud of him.

Social Worker

The placement was really good and beneficial to me. The staff were all really supportive and nice and always made themselves available to me if I had any problems. The outdoor activities that were offered helped me to have a better outlook and showed me that I can do so much more in life, and it really helped me process and made me feel like a better person.


As METCO Officer for Cumbria Police I have regular contact with the team at AWW in relation to vulnerable children at risk of CSE and going missing. If a specific incident has occurred, the Home Manager and I speak on the phone to discuss the best way forward. She also attends CSE risk assessment meetings and we receive Philomena Protocol forms when a young person arrives in placement.

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