Respond was delighted to be featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour on Friday 23rd March 2018. Our Young People's Service Manager, Rosie Creer, pictured, talked about our way of working and the difference we achieve for young people and their families. As part of the interview, a parent we support speaks very movingly about her daughter and the way in which Respond has impacted on their lives. Listen again on the link below:
Respond YoungPeople's Therapy
Our Young People’sTeam provides comprehensive support packages to young people (aged 5 to 25years) who have experienced abuse or trauma, their carers and practitionersworking with them.
The Young People’s Therapy can be offered at our clinic in Euston.
To discuss a referralplease call our main number: 0207 383 0700 and ask for The Young People's Service, ordownload a Referral form
TheRespond School or College Therapy service
Researchhas shown that children and young people that have experienced personal andsocial difficulties find it more challenging to access education, which in turncan all too often have a negative impact on their future and can lead to widersocial problems. Many teachers and schools staff will have experienced childrenand young people who appear to struggle to make sense of their worlds, and whoaren’t able to form positive relationships with peers, parents, teachers.
Manyschool staff will have worked with children who seem very troubled or whodisplay behaviour that is difficult to manage and has a detrimental impact onthe classroom and sometimes the whole school. Our school therapy service aimsto provide a whole school approach offering support to children and youngpeople, parents and carers and school staff.
We can offer a school-based therapeutic service,allowing our therapists to see children and their families in the safety of afamiliar environment. Because schools are often at the heart of localcommunities we also able to work consistently and conveniently with all thoseinvolved in supporting children and young people.
Through weekly contact with our therapist studentswho are both verbal and non-verbal are equipped with strategies that they canown and that enable them not to just ‘get by’ but to actually thrive!’
Sean McDonaldDeputy Head – Richard Cloudesley School Islington
Respondschool therapists use a range of creative and conventional therapeuticapproaches when working with children and young people who have learningdisabilities. By using different creative medium we aim to support the child infinding ways of self-expression that can lead to a healthier and happier life.
Aswell as the school therapist, Respond provides a school project coordinator whoworks with parents and carers and offers a vital link with the school staffteam and external agencies involved in supporting the children Respond isworking with. This whole school approach ensures that we are able to providethe school community with much needed reflective space for thinking about thechallenges of working with often very troubled children and young people
What we offerschools
*(Ifyou are interested in having Respond work with your school we would spend timediscussing your needs and devising a package that reflects these needs)
- One-to-one therapeutic work: offeringtherapy with children and young people either short term or for a full academicyear.
- Respond therapeutic groups: Weeklysessions for children and young people that focus on different topics, such asself esteem, social skills building, confidence and healthy relationships
- Parent/Carer sessions: involvingworking with the carer to think together about the difficulties that theirchild may be facing
- A case manager that provides the linkbetween the therapy, home life and school life
- Work with staff: offering support,guidance and consultation. Offering a reflective space to think about thechallenges of working with vulnerable children and their families
- Training: We offer a complementarytraining session each year on a number of subjects related to the psychologicalunderstanding learning disabilities and special educational needs. (this canbe discussed at induction)
- Classroom Work: We providecircle time/PSHE sessions to enable teachers to explore the emotional andsocial aspects of learning.
- Lunchtime drop-in service: We can offera self-referral service for children and/or parents or carers who wish todiscuss something that they wish to talk about.
- We also provide termly reports on eachchild, a annual report on the service as a whole
Reasons for areferral to a Respond therapist
Respondschool therapists work with children and young people that may be experiencingemotional and behavioural difficulties due to a variety of reasons including;
Self-esteemdifficulties, emotional/behavioural issues, social interaction difficulties, peer/adultrelationship concerns, passivity/shyness, anger, loss and bereavement
Weare a specialist service and have over 20 years of experience of working withchildren and adults with learning disabilities who have been abused orexperienced trauma and we are therefore well equipped to work with verychallenging cases. All our therapists are accredited with a professional bodyand are supervised by an accredited supervisor who has worked in the field oflearning disabilities for over 20 years.
Positive and Safe Relationships Programme
Our positive and safe relationships programme foryoung people with special needs is to support young people to develop theirrelationship skills and explore difficult issues of abuse and sel protection.Using our extensive experience with special needs schools, the workshopsprovide fun and safe place for children and young people to develop theirconfidence, to prevent harmful or abusive relationships.
Using a psycho-educational group model, our therapists provide a programmealongside school staff (to enhance existing skills and knowledge). Theprogrammed can last up to 12 weeks, and can be tailored to meet individualneed.
“OurKS3 classes has recently enrolled in a 12 week Harm Prevention Programme.Without exception, feedback is positive- staff have specifically mentionedraised confidence, improved self-esteem and better negotiation skills amongstthe students.
Thesessions are lively, creative and dynamic and I have often overheard thestudents saying how much they are looking forward to the next session.Behavioural incidents have reduced for those students engaged in the programmeand the staff who support the sessions seem more confident and reassuring whenengaged with the students." -DeputyHeadteacher, Riverside School, Haringey
If you are interested in having a service in your school please contact Rosie Creer, YoungPeople's Service Manager or call 0207 874 5485.