“All learning is emotion based and where emotional development is appropriately supported, high quality learning can take place.” Colley, D. Cooper, P. (2017).
The Switch Project is a purpose-driven social enterprise committed to supporting vulnerable children and young people in schools throughout the Midlands. To achieve this vision we believe that early intervention is vital and we have several options available to schools.
At our centre in Wolverhampton, The Switch Project has provided successful short-term early interventions to support the inclusion of learners whose social and emotional needs are causing concern and preventing them from achieving their full potential.
Our programmes help young people understand how situations and issues arise and then develop the skills to approach concerns in a more reflective way, allowing them to be more effective in solving their own problems and feel more in control.
We are able to support children and young people using a structured social-emotional learning programme, plus therapeutic input from professional counsellors and therapists. We use recognised assessment techniques and ‘Expressive Therapies’ (Malchiodi, C. 2005) such as art, music, Lego®, creative writing, play and sand-tray for those children and young people who are experiencing a range of difficulties in their home or classroom environments.
Our emphasis is placed on supporting young people to make good choices in both their educational and personal lives, giving them the ability to recognise and respond to their own emotions, form effective peer and adult relationships and to persevere through difficulties. This programme has been developed in partnership with The University of Birmingham’s Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues research and aims to foster improvement in 5 key development areas:
“The Switch Project has worked with a number of our students. They offer fantastic support for those young people we believe are in need of additional social, emotional and mental health support.”
PLEASE NOTE: It is important for referring organisations to understand that during a placement The Switch Project targets the social and emotional needs of a young person and does not offer any core curriculum learning outcomes. As a result, we advise that referrals are given the opportunity to access sufficient educational provision elsewhere and a placement with us does not prevent them from doing so.
The Switch Project is delighted to offer both Wolverhampton Secondary and Primary Schools a service that will help support your pupils’ social & emotional well-being.
Using our long and successful track record in supporting schools, we can visit your school to work directly with individual pupils, small groups and families. Our staff are trained in a variety of evidence based approaches and are experienced family support workers with high levels of safeguarding and statutory requirements expertise.
Outreach can be offered both in and out of the classroom, or even at home, to help you identify causal factors of behaviour and attendance issues. Our input is intended as early intervention and provides base-line measures of social and emotional well-being. Through our initial assessments you will be demonstrating the first-steps in the gathering of information for a graduated response and can help you decide whether more significant and longer-term interventions are appropriate. This can all be achieved whilst also allowing for the voice of the parent and child to be included in any future decision making.
As school staff and resources become increasingly stretched and capacity limited, it is vital services can work on a flexible basis, therefore our outreach is designed to be spot purchased, as and when it is required, making it tailored to each individual’s needs.