Common Thread


Making a Referral

Common Thread's primary function is to provide care for children and young people aged 8 – 18 years, who may be experiencing a residential placement breakdown, breakdown in the family home, or children and young people in need of ‘respite’ care or, an emergency placement at short notice.

To enquire about a placement we recommend emailing our Referral Manager, Margaret- Anne Haggarty ( or by calling our Head Office on 01576 204202. After an initial conversation with either the Placements Officer or Social Worker, Common Thread asks for all relevant information that will make sure that we can provide a suitable and safe placement.

We are proud to confirm that all twelve of Common Thread care facilities have been inspected throughout 2017 and have been awarded grades Good or Very Good by the National Care Inspectorate.

Full information and transparency on the points noted below is key to this:


  • Legal status
  • Risk assessments
  • An up to date Care Plan
  • Full history and chronology
  • Past and outstanding convictions
  • Medical Report
  • Education Report
  • Physical or sexual risk to adults or young people
  • Psychological Reports


If after initial conversations we believe that we have possible match for one of our services a Referral Form will be sent out to the relevant professional to fill out.


When both parties are happy to proceed with the placement, the Placement Officer and/or Social Worker are invited to visit the service to meet the Manager and Care Team.


Regrettably we are unable to provide care for young people with severe physical and mental disabilities.

  • "I was quite withdrawn when I first came here, but my worker showed me how to feel good about myself again"
    Young Person - Woodside
  • "Success for our young people therefore lies primarily in the skills, knowledge and expertise of those looking after them..."
    Julie Joseph MD Common Thread
  • ..."Creating a culture of openness and respect, where learning is a day to day activity,."
    Peter Russian Chief Exec IIP (Scotland)

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