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Children and Young People

Youth Engagement Service

What do we offer?

In order to succeed in education, training and employment, young people need self-esteem, communication skills and coping strategies. We provide bespoke support packages to vulnerable young people in order to address a range of issues, with a main focus on self-awareness and personal development.  

 

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Within our service we can provide five options of support:

  • A programme of informal education at schools or college for young people with challenging behavioural, social and emotional difficulties.

  • Offer Information Advice Guidance interviews for Year 10 and 11.

  • Gender Identity and Romantic/ Sexual Orientation work with young people that identify as trans, gender fluid, gender queer, agender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, pansexual or questioning

  • An enhanced post 16 transitions package for selected pupils by the school

  • Provide transition programme to ease the shift from Year 6 students to Year 7

Interventions may involve one to one conversation, issue based group work, experiential learning, and practical sessions.  

Why choose us? 

Youth Engagement Workers (YEWs) have extensive experience of working successfully with hard to reach and vulnerable young people using a range of methodologies. The basis of all of our work is to develop productive, effective and professional relationships with young people to create opportunities for successful transitions.

Our methodology includes utilising conversation, drama, art or sport to explore healthy relationships, self-expression/ esteem/ confidence, team work, emotional literacy, risk and harm reduction, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Criminal Exploitation prevention.  

What is provided free? 

We will accept referrals for a limited number of vulnerable pupils at the end of year 11 who are at risk of not making a successful transition to post 16 learning destination. These pupils will be identified as red using the Risk of NEET Indicator (RONI). We will prioritise those pupils who have no identified support from other agencies.  

What is chargeable?   

Support packages in the form of individual support or group work for identified vulnerable pupils, to address a range of personal and social issues. The cost will be negotiated on a case by case basis dependent on the needs of the pupil.

How the service can be provided/length of agreement 

This service can be delivered on an ad hoc "pay as you go" basis.

The length of agreement can be negotiated to suit the individual needs of each case. 

 

Contact Point

Sarah Hayes, Senior Youth Engagement Worker
Telephone:  07785 768549
Email:          shayes@swindon.gov.uk

  

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