Haresfield is a specialist residential home for young people aged eight to eighteen, with learning disabilities, complex needs, and behaviours that may challenge.

Based in the Wiltshire countryside near Chippenham, Haresfield has five en-suite bedrooms suitable for any gender. Individual needs are at the centre of our practice, and we listen and respond to the individual’s voice when planning their care. Achieving positive outcomes is paramount to us.

All children and young people are respected as individuals and are encouraged to express their views and wishes. We believe they have the right to make choices and be consulted with, whatever their level of understanding or methods of communication. Their views are heard, so they can influence what happens to them and the environment they live in.

We follow a holistic approach in supporting those who live at Haresfield and promote access to a wide range of recreational and leisure activities and nutritious food. We also seek to promote and maximise each person’s strengths as well as considering their needs. We provide a homely environment where our young people can grow and flourish as they are prepared for life beyond Haresfield and the transition into adult services.


Our team

We are proud to have an experienced and well-trained team, committed to the young people in their care and to providing positive adult role models. Training is tailored around the needs of the young people in our care and this high quality training enhances the support packages we offer. All staff undertake accredited Positive Behaviour Support training. Our specialist team are experts in person-centred assistance and our range of services and strategies can help individuals to manage complex behaviours effectively.

The team strive to form strong relationships with families, social workers, schools and other influencers in the young people’s lives. They work collaboratively to achieve the best possible outcomes for the people we support. Continuity is very important to everyone at Haresfield and we have a non-agency use policy, other than in exceptional circumstances.


“Amazing place to work with a dedicated and caring team. We have a fantastic new manager and the service users are the most awesome young people you could ask to support. I love working at Haresfield, I genuinely look forward to being there and everyday is a new challenge, no two days are the same and I hope I have the privilege of working there for a very long time to come."

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Our ethos:

  • We have an emphasis on fun and learning through play
  • We treat each young person as an individual and build their support packages around their specific needs
  • We minimise physical intervention by getting to know the children in detail, responding positively to desired behaviours and pre- empting any areas of conflict
  • We minimise areas of conflict by regularly reviewing our positive behaviour support plans
  • Structured and robust behavioural management

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Location and contacts

Autonomy Plus Limited - Haresfield,  Nr. Chippenham, Wiltshire
Tel: 01249 730177  email: 

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    Meet the Registered Manager: Mike Evans

    Mike started working in care in 2010, working with vulnerable adults with learning disabilities. 5 years later Mike began working in childcare, working with children with autism and associated disabilities. 
    In 2018 Mike became a Registered Manager, managing a small home for children with learning disabilities before joining Autonomy Plus in November 2019. He has enjoyed the past 3 years developing the home for the children at Haresfield, to help enable them to have the best opportunities to make their lives as fulfilled as possible.