Young People's Services

Our range of young people's services enable children and young people with learning disabilities, autism or both to cope with trauma and develop healthy relationships.

Children and young people with learning disabilities, autism or both can face many challenges including exclusion, bullying, exploitation, being misunderstood and abuse. These traumatic experiences can lead to social isolation, loneliness, anxiety, harming behaviour, depression, unhealthy relationships and vulnerability to further harm.

Through our trauma-informed approach - including work with their families, schools and key professionals - children and young people have better relationships, increased resilience, improved emotional wellbeing and are better able to cope with life experiences.

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:

Young people with disabilities are 3-4 times more likely to experience abuse than their non disabled peers.

Respond's Young People's Service works alongside others to reduce the likelihood of young people experiencing abuse, increase Young People's ability to make safe and positive choices around relationships and sexual behaviour, and enable them to better cope with their experiences.

We do this by delivering:

  • Individual and group therapy for young people with learning disabilities, autism or both
  • Therapeutic support to parents and carers
  • Sex and relationships programmes for individuals and groups
  • Reflective practice for staff
  • Consultancy
  • Training

We work with primary, secondary and transition aged young people, covering a wide range of subjects including:

  • Body boundaries
  • Sexual development
  • Healthy relationships
  • Consent
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Sharing sexual images
  • Teenage relationships abuse
  • Public and private places and spaces
  • Transition

We have a streamed offer to support sex and relationships education in school:

  • Training to teaching staff, delivery of lesson plans
  • Training to learning support staff

Have you thought about clinical support for your teaching and non teaching staff? Respond can provide regular reflective support and supervision to staff teams and safeguarding leads.

Respond can provide individual and group therapy in schools and colleges.

"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!’ - Sean McDonald, Deputy Head at Richard Cloudesley School, Islington."

"Our KS3 classes recently enrolled in a 12 week Harm Prevention Programme. Without excepetion, feedback is positive - staff have specifically mentioned raised confidence, improved self-esteem and better negotiation skills amongst the students. The sessions are lively, creative and dynamic and I have over heard the students saying how much they are looking forward to the next session. Behaviour 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 this service, we would be delighted to have a conversation. Please contact Elizabeth Thomas, Young People's Service Coordinator, or phone: 020 7874 5485.

To discuss a referral, please call our main number: 020 7383 0700 and ask for The Young People's Service, or download a Referral form.