Young people & families

Bosence Farm Young People

Based in rural west Cornwall, Bosence Farm Young People has been specifically designed and newly developed to work with young people who have substance misuse and related issues, in a residential setting.

Our purpose is to provide a safe, high quality and accessible treatment service in a setting which enables young people to develop and learn the skills they need to realise their potential free from addiction.

We recognise that young people are not adults.   As such, the development of the Young Persons unit at Bosence Farm was informed by research that identifies the critical differences between Young People and Adults which has shaped the programme of treatment.

Substance misuse in adolescence disrupts the young person’s development which impacts on their ability to transition into adult life with the skills they need.

What we offer

A comprehensive programme of treatment for young people.

We have a highly skilled and committed team of specialist staff.  We can offer a bespoke programme of developmentally informed psycho-social interventions.

The building is a high specification, 8 bed facility with two shared bathrooms, one of which is accessible for service users with a disability.

The programme is delivered to single gender cohorts for up to 13 weeks.

Young people will be allocated a key worker and have access to other support.  The programme is assessed in real time in terms of outcomes for individual young people to ensure its effectiveness.

Who is it for?

The Bosence Farm Young People’s Residential Programme is designed for young people who are experiencing substance misuse problems but whose complexity requires a more intensive treatment approach that cannot be met in their communities.

 Who we can work with

  • Young people aged between 16-18 who have established substance misuse problems with ‘sub-clinical’ mental health issues.
  • Young people requiring psycho-social interventions to address substance use and related issues.
  • Young people assessed as having internalised or externalised disorders relating to their use of substances.
  • Young people who require a more intensive treatment approach that cannot be met in their community setting. 

 Service limitations

  • It is not an alternative for young people who require primary mental/physical health care.
  • It is not a direct access service.  Pre-treatment work with the young person is required to ensure the young person is ready and receptive for treatment.
  • It is not a secure unit

Accessible bedroom

The screening, referral and assessment process

Initial screening of substance misuse and mental health will be conducted through the use of a recognised screening tool and Complexity Index assessment.  These tools identify those young people who have complex needs.

This initial screening and any subsequent fuller assessment must be undertaken by an appropriately trained person in the use of the screening and assessment tools.   This will be carried out by us or by someone appointed by us who is trained to undertake this assessment.

The initial screening and assessment process will vary for referrals from inside Cornwall and out of county.


For referrals from Cornwall:

  • Young people who live in Cornwall must be engaged with the YZUP Addaction service.  YZUP Addaction will undertake the initial screening and full assessment as required and act as the single referral agency in Cornwall.

YZUP (Young Person’s Substance Misuse Team) Addaction

Western House, Tabernacle Street,
Truro, Cornwall. TR1 2EJ

T 01872 300816
T 01872 263001

Please contact the service for more information about the screening and assessment process.


For referrals from outside of Cornwall:

  • Download the Integrated pathway for out of Cornwall <here>
  • Download the letter of referral template <here>

Bosence Farm Community Ltd
69 Bosence Road
TR27 6AN

01736 850006

Fax 01736 851064


Download the full guidance <here>

More photographs can be seen in the gallery

The unit opened in April 2017