Kibble is Scotland’s specialist provider of services for at risk children and young people. By providing a range of integrated services, we help build positive futures for young people with complex social, emotional and educational needs.

As one of Scotland’s oldest charities, and today a leading social enterprise, Kibble works with children and young people aged 5+. We recognise every person is unique – that’s why we provide tailored support to ensure each young person gets the transitional support they need to overcome trauma, and lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives. Through our range of services, we support young people to reach their full potential. Our services include:

  • Residential Care
  • Secure Care
  • Primary and Secondary Education
  • Intensive Fostering Services
  • Young Workforce Development
  • Outreach Services
  • Preventative and Rehabilitative Community Services

All of our services are supported by our Specialist Intervention Services (SIS) team, providing psychological and therapeutic input.

We firmly believe that care is a process that should be done with young people, not to them, and we’re focused on creating a safe, secure and nurturing environment – an environment in which young people feel valued, respected and listened to. Each young person’s care plan is uniquely tailored to them, and is drawn up in consultation with them and their families or carers. The focus of the care plan is always on reflecting the best interests of the young person, in ways that help them grow, develop and reach their full potential.

A Scottish Charity

Our nineteenth century philanthropic founder, Elizabeth Kibble, was heiress to a textile fortune and on her death in 1840, she left a portion of her wealth to establish a home for ‘youthful offenders’. Kibble has evolved for more than a century and a half from this point and has always stayed true to its original mission: supporting young people facing adversity. Kibble is one of Scotland’s oldest charities and seeks to honour Elizabeth Kibble’s legacy by continuing to support young people from the local area and across Scotland.

A Social Enterprise

In 1996, Kibble embarked on a phase of its development that would see it become one of the country’s leading social enterprises. It became a social enterprise, a business model in which any financial surplus is reinvested into the organisation and never distributed to owners, shareholders, investors or directors. Almost two decades later, Kibble continues as one of Scotland’s largest social enterprises, and a key advocate for sustainable and ethical business models.