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Together we help guide young people

Our team include Mental Health First Aiders, Trauma Recovery Practitioners, Restorative Justice Practitioners, Therapeutic Play & Creative Arts Practitioners, Assistant Educational Psychologists and National Specialist Leaders in Behaviour and Attendance.

We also have a number of staff who are pursuing higher education qualifications in understanding social and emotional well-being, whilst also being involved in national research and academic practice. Our staff are also registered with the appropriate professional bodies and complete enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

The Team

Find out more about The Switch Project team - feel free to get in touch.

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Tim Wakefield

Director, Safeguarding Lead & Mental Health First Aider

Tim has worked in education for almost twenty years, working with all age groups from primary to adult learners. Tim is a National Specialist Leader in Behaviour and Attendance, holds a post-graduate certificate in Understanding Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, a post-graduate certificate in Community Participatory Arts and is currently studying towards a qualification in Trauma Recovery.

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Caroline Erskine-Murphy

Quality Assurance, Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Data Officer

Caroline is an independent adviser specialising in Education, Skills and Learning. Her particular expertise is in secondary provision with learners who may not be reaching their full potential. Caroline works regularly with The Switch Project to help them keep up to date with policy developments, ensure quality of delivery and create partnerships.

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Helen Pitchford (MBPsS)

Therapeutic Play & Creative Arts Practitioner

Helen delivers interventions, advice and guidance on a 1:1 and group basis. Working holistically, Helen listens to the needs of the young person and provides them with the tools to allow for self-reflection, especially around areas of anxiety and stress, low self-esteem, trauma, bereavement, behaviour difficulties and school exclusion.

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Kam Dhanjal

Assistant Educational Psychologist

Kam comes to us from one of our partners, Your Psychology and assists The Switch Project with providing assessment and interventions to young people, offering guidance to our staff and liaising with those schools who use both our services.

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Lee Perry

Engagement Manager & Restorative Justice Practitioner

Lee Perry is a producer and musician with years of experience in the recording industry. He has been involved in music since a young age, focusing on digital music production and having a successful career in performing and remixing. In 2008 Lee launched Bleep Music, offering his skills to help young people into the industry and produce their own music.

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Christian Esson

Mental Health First Aider & Restorative Justice Practitioner

Christian is an inventive and dynamic youth worker with over 11 years experience working with young people in both social and professional settings. He uses his personality and practical skills to bring out the best in young people and help them realise their full potential by engaging them in exciting, innovative activities.

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Tori Povey

Apprentice Youth Mentor

We are delighted that Tori will be working with us whilst studying towards a Level 2 qualification in Youth Work at Wolverhampton College. Tori attended Switch as a young person taking part in activities in early 2017 and her motivation, independence and ability to help others meant that when Tori contacted us to become a volunteer, we jumped at the chance of having her as part of our team.

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Have a question?

Call 01902 552 288 or email info@theswitchproject.com