“When time is short and resources are squeezed, it is vital that schools are choosing the options that have been tested and demonstrated positive outcomes in the past, to stack the odds that they will produce similar benefits again.”
Dr Jo Casebourne, Early Intervention Foundation Chief Executive.
Switch Midlands is committed to supporting vulnerable young people in schools. To achieve this we believe that cost-effective, targeted early interventions are vital and we have several options available to referring organisations.
At it’s heart, our service works towards preventing the need for schools to exclude pupils. We achieve this by offering support in our Switch Centre and as Outreach, depending on the pupil and referring organisation’s specific needs.
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.
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.
Our programmes aim to positively impact on 6 key development areas:
We are able to support pupils using our own evidence-based learning programmes, designed and delivered by our extremely experienced and trained staff, all of which hold enhanced DBS checks and safeguarding qualifications, plus a range of therapeutic intervention specialisms.Meet the Team
From our centre in Wolverhampton we deliver sessions 3 days per week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday 0930 – 1430 term-time only. This can be accessed by those young people who are experiencing challenges in a school setting and would benefit from a part-time short-term placement in a positive and supportive environment. This social and emotional learning package focusses on improving skills for coping with challenge, covering areas such as stress, anxiety, attachment, developing confidence, managing emotions, healthy relationships and solving problems. It is a values-based, needs-led intervention, highlighting the importance of relationships for emotional well-being, resolving conflict, preventing harm and building resilience.The activities are person-centered, engaging, therapeutic, skills-based sessions.
We also offer outreach into school via our Switch Coaches, who will visit schools to work directly with individual pupils, small groups and their families. 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.
Please contact us for more details, but our services are packaged to make planning for schools and the referral process less time consuming and more cost effective.
Both our SWITCH CENTRE and OUTREACH packages for an entire academic year, with 7.5% reduction in cost
The SWITCH CENTRE and OUTREACH packages for half a term, with a 5% reduction in cost
Part-time access to our SWITCH CENTRE, providing a safe and secure environment in which to take part in our social and emotional well-being learning programme
Support for the young person and their schools from a SWITCH COACH who will deliver interventions within school and liaise with staff