Our preventative programme supports young people aged 11-25 at risk of exclusion, offending and/or becoming involved with gangs. It aims to help young people build their emotional literacy and improve their engagement with mainstream education through group, 1:1 and art therapeutic practice.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1120562)
Since Covid-19, children have even more need of wellbeing support, with many isolating in harmful environments. Most of our participants are registered as vulnerable by their schools. The demand for our services has increased 10xs in the last few months as schools try to respond to the impact of covid-19 on their pupils emotional wellbeing. Without support, pupil outcomes are bleak, with a mental health crisis among the most disadvantaged anticipated as a consequence (Childhood Trust 2020).
We will provide our whole school approach to social and emotional wellbeing by running three interventions across our school and community partners including 1) Our intensive programme ‘Face It’ for young people at risk of exclusion and offending. This is delivered over 6-8 weeks by trained professionals using group, 1:1 and arts therapy 2) Training and support for staff and key adults 3) Influencing policy makers and practitioners on the value of being trauma-informed.
I’ve realised that people are able to understand me, I feel like nobody else does in this school or at home. I feel validated in being me
I can safely say that 38 boys (out of 40) have shown significant behavioural and academic improvement since participating on the course. They are calmer, relate better to their teachers and peers, attend classes regularly and engage in their learning. Several have gone on to be school leaders.
It was as if this programme was made for me, I was in the right place and I learnt that people want me around. I learnt how to trust people. It helped me get more confidence and It helped me a lot to control myself. I’m proud of myself, I did really well compared with how I am in class
For a few key pupils, this programme has totally turned them around! One young man was hardly ever at school before and since the programme, his attendance is now 95% and he has received a Jack Petchey Award for his improvements!
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