Our Young People’s
Team provides comprehensive support packages to young people (aged 5 to 25
years) who have experienced abuse or trauma, their carers and practitioners
working with them.
The Young People’s Therapy can be offered at our clinic in Euston.
To discuss a referral
please call Kate Snowden, the Young People's Service Co-ordinator on 0207 380 8255, or
download a Referral form
Respond School or College Therapy service
has shown that children and young people that have experienced personal and
social difficulties find it more challenging to access education, which in turn
can all too often have a negative impact on their future and can lead to wider
social problems. Many teachers and schools staff will have experienced children
and young people who appear to struggle to make sense of their worlds, and who
aren’t able to form positive relationships with peers, parents, teachers.
school staff will have worked with children who seem very troubled or who
display behaviour that is difficult to manage and has a detrimental impact on
the classroom and sometimes the whole school. Our school therapy service aims
to provide a whole school approach offering support to children and young
people, 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 a
familiar environment. Because schools are often at the heart of local
communities we also able to work consistently and conveniently with all those
involved in supporting children and young people.
Through weekly contact with our therapist students
who are both verbal and non-verbal are equipped with strategies that they can
own and that enable them not to just ‘get by’ but to actually thrive!’
Deputy Head – Richard Cloudesley School Islington
school therapists use a range of creative and conventional therapeutic
approaches when working with children and young people who have learning
disabilities. By using different creative medium we aim to support the child in
finding ways of self-expression that can lead to a healthier and happier life.
well as the school therapist, Respond provides a school project coordinator who
works with parents and carers and offers a vital link with the school staff
team and external agencies involved in supporting the children Respond is
working with. This whole school approach ensures that we are able to provide
the school community with much needed reflective space for thinking about the
challenges of working with often very troubled children and young people
What we offer
you are interested in having Respond work with your school we would spend time
discussing your needs and devising a package that reflects these needs)
- One-to-one therapeutic work: offering
therapy with children and young people either short term or for a full academic
- Respond therapeutic groups: Weekly
sessions for children and young people that focus on different topics, such as
self esteem, social skills building, confidence and healthy relationships
- Parent/Carer sessions: involving
working with the carer to think together about the difficulties that their
child may be facing
- A case manager that provides the link
between the therapy, home life and school life
- Work with staff: offering support,
guidance and consultation. Offering a reflective space to think about the
challenges of working with vulnerable children and their families
- Training: We offer a complementary
training session each year on a number of subjects related to the psychological
understanding learning disabilities and special educational needs. (this can
be discussed at induction)
- Classroom Work: We provide
circle time/PSHE sessions to enable teachers to explore the emotional and
social aspects of learning.
- Lunchtime drop-in service: We can offer
a self-referral service for children and/or parents or carers who wish to
discuss something that they wish to talk about.
- We also provide termly reports on each
child, a annual report on the service as a whole
Reasons for a
referral to a Respond therapist
school therapists work with children and young people that may be experiencing
emotional and behavioural difficulties due to a variety of reasons including;
difficulties, emotional/behavioural issues, social interaction difficulties, peer/adult
relationship concerns, passivity/shyness, anger, loss and bereavement
are a specialist service and have over 20 years of experience of working with
children and adults with learning disabilities who have been abused or
experienced trauma and we are therefore well equipped to work with very
challenging cases. All our therapists are accredited with a professional body
and are supervised by an accredited supervisor who has worked in the field of
learning disabilities for over 20 years.
Positive and Safe Relationships Programme
Our positive and safe relationships programme for
young people with special needs is to support young people to develop their
relationship skills and explore difficult issues of abuse and sel protection.
Using our extensive experience with special needs schools, the workshops
provide fun and safe place for children and young people to develop their
confidence, to prevent harmful or abusive relationships.
Using a psycho-educational group model, our therapists provide a programme
alongside school staff (to enhance existing skills and knowledge). The
programmed can last up to 12 weeks, and can be tailored to meet individual
KS3 classes has recently enrolled in a 12 week Harm Prevention Programme.
Without exception, feedback is positive- staff have specifically mentioned
raised confidence, improved self-esteem and better negotiation skills amongst
sessions are lively, creative and dynamic and I have often overheard the
students saying how much they are looking forward to the next session.
Behavioural incidents have reduced for those students engaged in the programme
and the staff who support the sessions seem more confident and reassuring when
engaged with the students." -Deputy
Headteacher, Riverside School, Haringey
If you are interested in having a service in your school please contact Rosie Creer, Young
People's Service Manager or call 0207 874 5485.