Additional provision - not alternative provision

“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 referring organisations.

Early Intervention Support

“Social & emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children learn to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” Weissberg et al, 2015

Switch provides 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 aims to positively impact on 6 key development areas:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social responsibility
  • Decision making
  • Relationship skills
  • Positive communication
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What support can we provide?

At it’s heart, our service is designed to remove the need for schools to exclude pupils. We achieve this by offering support in our Switch Centre and/or in the school environment, depending on the young person and referring organisation’s specific needs.

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 & 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.

In addition to this, we 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.




  • 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, bereavement or domestic violence

  • 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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What might a package of support look like?

  • 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
  • Initial and ongoing assessment using Emotional Literacy measurements, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires and PASS (Pupil Attitude to Self and School), SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support).
  • Family Support Worker to liaise between all those working around the young person.
  • 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 Switch 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.
  • Therapeutic support, both on a 1-2-1 basis and as a group
  • Educational Psychology assessments and input arranged and facilitated where appropriate

Have a question?

Call 01902 552 288 or email