What You Can Expect.
The delivery of our services is based on a three-fold, comprehensive model of :-
- Consultation (- helpful and informative conversations around the presenting issues),
- Assessment (- exploration of the issues/concerns raised) &
- Intervention (- direct 1:1 therapeutic work with child/young person).
The Consultation and Assessment process run parallel, in the sense that where you as a school have concerns about a child’s emotional wellbeing, we will offer time (Consultation) to explore the presenting issues regarding the child, as well as the wider related factors within the family/home environment.
This will allow us to make a collective decision, alongside your staff regarding what intervention is required and who is best placed to offer it.
In some cases, it may be that an existing worker (within the school) is best placed to support the child, and in this situation, we will be able to offer guidance and support to that worker to deliver that piece of work.
In other cases, it may be more appropriate for one of our workers to provide the intervention with that child, and at this point a referral – (a written request detailing the concerns will be required).
A referral is the first stage in the process for one of our workers to undertake an intervention with a child. The referral will require that parents give written consent for their child to receive 1:1 support, based on the identified needs.
Once the parent has given written consent, we will arrange for an initial meeting/assessment.
The assessment will bring together what we know about the child within the school environment and at home. It will allow us to collectively agree on what the concerns are and what we hope to achieve from the proposed intervention with the child.(This meeting will also include a member of staff who has knowledge of the child and their difficulties).
During the meeting, evidence based tools are used to capture the perceived levels and severity of difficulties.
Once the assessment is complete, we will then work through a series of 1:1 sessions with the child, whether weekly or less frequently, dependent on need, and at the conclusion of the intervention we used specific tools to evaluate the impact.
As a school you will receive a report, by way of an opening and closing letter, which will summarise what was discussed in the initial meeting and what was achieved through the work carried out.
It is also important to bear in mind that assessment is not a one time event. Throughout the intervention, we are continually assessing how the child engages and what their behaviour is suggestive of. Building a therapeutic relationship and gaining trust is paramount to the success of any intervention.
Following on from the initial assessment, the intervention stage is where we offer regular sessions with children and young people, identifying areas of distress and collectively identifying goals and targets, which we support the child to move towards.
Our starting point is always the referral, which has already detailed behaviour that has been observed by a staff member or parent/s.
We use this as the basis for a non-threatening or judgemental conversation with the student reflecting on what has been observed by others. We invite the student to give their perspective and we offer emotional support accordingly.
The sessions are child-centred and tailored to each individual, where we take a strengths-based approach. We use a variety of approaches in our sessions, including Solution Focussed, CBT, Drama and Art Therapy, as well as Emotional coaching and counselling techniques.
We provide support on issues such as low self esteem, low mood, anxiety and anger, as well as hyperactivity and social difficulties.
We have a very good track record of supporting children, young people and their families, however in some cases the needs of the children referred exceeds what we are able to offer as a service. Sometimes this is evident at the point of referral and sometimes it becomes apparent after an intervention has been put in place.
Where the needs of a child exceeds what we are able to offer, we will provide support to your school in making a referral to the appropriate services, i.e. CAMHS, Community Paediatrician, Young Carers etc.