Woodlands History

Woodlands History

Woodlands came into being in May 1999. Woodlands is the product of the vision and determination of two former local authority Team Managers, one of whom still runs the organisation today.


The shaping of Woodlands is in part based on the backgrounds and work experiences of these two managers who left their Child Care Management roles with the local authority to set up Woodlands in the Spring of 1999.


Both individuals’ working practice was influenced in their beliefs and their values were reinforced by the inception of the Children Act 1989, a piece of legislation very much relevant today.


Two respected academics in the field of work, Ward and Stewart, developed this strength-based approach into a model termed ‘The Good Lives Model’ (GLM). When they published their work circa 2003 we at Woodlands realised that we had been adopting such a model without formally recognising it, coined by a member of staff as ‘The Woodlands Way’. Consequently, Woodlands was, and continues to be, at the forefront of world practice!