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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 post-graduate award in Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People.

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Caroline Erskine-Murphy

Quality Assurance, Deputy Safeguarding Lead & 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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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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Helen Pitchford (MBPsS)

Integrative Play and Creative Arts Therapist (PTUK) & Restorative Justice Practic

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 from The School Psychology Service 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 qualifying in Information, Advice and Guidance, offering young people who attend The Switch Project support on education, training or work experience opportunities. Lee is also 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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Sue Tuckley

Family Support Worker & Restorative Justice Practitioner

Sue has over 20 years experience of working holistically with 0 – 19 year olds and their families by delivering a wide range of group and 1:1 programmes to support parents and carers. She can offer practical help and emotional support to families experiencing short or long term difficulties. Using positive behaviour and emotional therapy techniques, Sue helps families identify existing strengths and supports them to build resilience ensuring a preventative approach rather than a crisis led one. Having worked in partnership with many external agencies Sue has a wide knowledge of the additional services available to families and their referral process.

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Have a question?

Call 01902 552 288 or email info@theswitchproject.com