“All learning is emotion based and where emotional development is appropriately supported, high quality learning can take place.” Colley, D. Cooper, P. (2017).
Switch is committed to supporting vulnerable young people in schools. To achieve this we believe that early intervention is vital and we have several options available to schools.
At our centre in Wolverhampton, Switch has provided 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 educational psychology and therapy professionals. 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:
Using our long and successful track record in supporting schools, our Switch Coaches will visit your school to work directly with individual pupils, small groups and even their families. Our staff are trained in a variety of approaches, such as Coaching and Mentoring, Mental Health First Aid, Restorative Practice and are also experienced family support workers with high levels of safeguarding and statutory requirement 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.
“Switch 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.”