How are children referred?

Most referrals are made by the SENCO, learning mentor, head teacher or deputy/assistant head. Sometimes parents or an outside professional refer a child.  Children referred are often experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties and needing additional support.

We work with children to develop more emotional resilience. The majority of children we work with are reported to have increased confidence and coping skills, improved performance at school and healthier relationships. Working through difficult issues in childhood also gives children much better life chances as adults. Early intervention can help break family cycles of addiction, violence and criminality, low self-esteem and poverty.

Please telephone us if you would like to discuss referring any child you are worried about.

Before support begins we also need written permission from parent(s)/carer(s).

Reasons for referral are many and varied – as each child and their experience is unique. Here are some examples of referral issues we have worked with :

  • parental separation
  • parent absence (prison, hospital, desertion, child not allowed to see parent)
  • fostered or adopted status or brought up by other relatives
  • unexplained failure to learn or concentrate in class
  • suspected autism spectrum
  • anger / aggression issues
  • bullying
  • sibling with severe special needs or causing stress to family through behaviour
  • history of sexual abuse / sexualised behaviour and/or speech
  • witness of domestic violence
  • at risk of fixed term or permanent school exclusion
  • organic special needs / learning difficulties
  • parent(s) with poor parenting skills
  • parent(s) in poor mental and/or physical health / substance abusers
  • fear of going to school
  • insecure factor at home, e.g. threat of deportation
  • self-harm / eating disorders
  • lack of social skills / friends
  • bereavement

Our work with children takes place for 45 minutes per week during term time. These one to one sessions take place with a specially allocated volunteer facilitator who has an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and receives ongoing weekly training and supervision.

Work with children and young people may be short or long term dependent on and responding to the needs of the individual child. We have found this open ended approach allows the child the time they need to work towards developing greater resilience and positive emotional change.

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