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Think additional provision, before alternative provision.

“Enhancing young people’s mental health and wellbeing is fundamental
to their overall development and supports the achievement of positive life outcomes
including educational attainment, employment and health.”

Durlak et al., 2011; Guerra & Bradshaw, 2008; OECD, 2015

Switch Midlands is committed to supporting ‘at-risk’ 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.

What is Switch?

At its heart, our service works towards preventing the exclusion and isolation of pupils from their schools, families or communities. We achieve this by offering support both in our centre and as outreach through our Switch Coaches Programme.

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 5 key development areas:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision Making

Our support delivers a structured intervention that uses the recognised SAFE principles at the core. This means our Switch Coaches provide pupils with a Sequenced set of activities that use Active forms of learning through Focused time to develop skills and Explicit targeting setting to monitor progress.

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.

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What do we Provide?

  • Our Switch Centre

 

Our Switch Centre is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday (9.30am-2.30pm) during term time. This support is designed for students who may benefit from a more intensive intervention package to help identify and reflect on issues that are negatively impacting on their education. The essential component of our support is values-based, placing emphasis on the building, repairing and maintaining of positive relationships. This enables pupils to develop new skills and guides conduct so that they respond appropriately, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others.

Every pupil that participates receives The Open Awards Badge of Excellence accreditation.

  • Our Outreach Programme

 

We also offer outreach into school via our qualified Switch Coaches,who will visit schools to work directly with individual pupils or small groups. We offer outreach into school via our qualified Switch Coaches, who will visit schools to work directly with individual pupils or small groups. We use a coaching model, rather than mentoring, as we believe this is more effective in unlocking pupil potential. It helps pupils to develop improved behavioural, wellbeing and problem-solving techniques for themselves, prompting reflection on the factors negatively impacting them and selecting appropriate strategies for long-term change.

The beauty of our approach is that it does not just stop once a programme of work is completed with a pupil, or group of pupils. It is designed to reward and develop them even further by giving an opportunity to become champions for behaviour, personal development, and wellbeing.

Following the initial support from a Switch Coach, we can continue to build on the momentum by providing our Switch Ambassadors peer-mentoring programme. This hugely positive approach enables your school to develop some of its most vulnerable pupils into leaders and advocates for mental health.

Every pupil that participates receives The Open Awards Badge of Excellence accreditation.

 

 

  • End of intervention assessments, reports and feedback delivered to teachers and senior leaders that evidence support, outcomes and recommendations.

  • Enhancing your school’s ability to support and evidence the personal development of pupils.

  • Considerably strengthening your school’s offer in supporting pupils’ character and well-being.

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

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

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

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

  • Providing your pupils with opportunities to enjoy learning about and making informed decisions around their own behaviour, welfare and mental health.

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