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What do we offer?

“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.

Early Intervention Placements

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:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Responsible decision making
  • Relationship skills
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“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.”

School Staff

Referring Organisation Feedback 2018/19

Early Intervention Placements consist of:

  • Short term, part time placements at our centre in Wolverhampton for young people who need additional social and emotional support
  • A safe, secure and modern environment with high levels of staff support for very small groups of young people.
  • Initial and ongoing assessment using Emotional Literacy measurements, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires and PASS (Pupil Attitude to Self and School).
  • End of placement report, feedback and recommendations
  • Reintegration planning and support with the young person, schools, parents and the Local Authority
  • A WiderSchool profile that allows schools and/or referring organisations to keep in constant contact, upload work, feedback and review progress. The WiderSchool tool also allows The Switch Project to contact parents and key professionals, whilst also recording activities and achievements that young people complete.
  • Regular visits from external professionals providing careers advice, safer relationships, sexual health, e-safety and substance misuse workshops.
  • Daily counselling and therapeutic support, both on a 1-2-1 basis and as a group
  • Educational Psychology assessments and input arranged and facilitated where appropriate
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A placement typically costs £24.00 per hour and run Monday to Friday 9:30am - 2.30pm. For those organisations wishing to purchase multiple places over the course of a year reduced costs can be applied

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.

Outreach Support

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.

  • Engaging approaches and therapeutic activities for children and young people who are considered vulnerable or at risk

  • Strengthening children and young peoples’ ability to develop positive relationships

  • Supporting children and young people who are struggling with family circumstances, such as separation or bereavement

  • Advocacy and guidance for families when children and young people face challenging circumstances at home or in school

  • Enhancing a school’s ability to support the personal development of pupils

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Have a question?

Call 01902 552 288 or email info@theswitchproject.com