Outreach Agencies and what they do

Kids Inspire

Kids Inspire helps to heal the wounds of trauma and to reconnect young people with both themselves and society. This increases feelings of self-worth and prevents individuals from self-harming, joining gangs or becoming involved in crime.

This takes time, patience and commitment. But, by taking an inclusive approach, Kids Inspire turns lives around and in turn, positively influences society.

The children supported by Kids Inspire vary widely – some have suffered trauma, neglect or abuse and as a direct result, may feel disconnected from society. Behaviour that challenges teachers means these children are often labeled, neglected and are either not in education or are at risk of exclusion.

Our team members have between them many decades of combined professional experience in providing family therapy, mental health services, arts therapies, psychotherapy and therapeutic social work to complex families. We also have volunteers with a huge variety of experience and skills.

Our work in schools helps to identify and address vulnerabilities in children, which might otherwise have gone undetected. By reducing these and other emotional barriers to learning we help to re-engage children with academic tasks.

Our intervention helps to prevent children from disrupting classes and being excluded from school. We help children thrive and to develop a joy of learning. Our aim is for each child to feel valued and be a valued part of the school and wider community

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CYO
Elim Church
Clematis Way
Colchester
CO4 3PY
CYO is a registered charity No. 1027818
01206 863835

Pastoral care

When life gets difficult, as school or at home, our chaplains can provide just the right level of support for a young person. The gift of time, typically about 20 minutes a week, is often all that’s needed for a student to talk over what’s going on and to work towards positive outcomes.

When Abby came to chat to one of our chaplains, teachers were only too aware of her ‘anger’ issues. But what emerged was a frightened girl who was trying to live up to an unrealistic expectation of herself and forever saw herself as a failure. In just a few weeks Abby had changed, bringing positive change to her own life, the lives of those around her and her achievement in school.

All of our chaplains work within the pastoral care structure of the school or college

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services (EWMHS)

EWMHS is for anybody aged between 0-18, living in the Southend, Essex and Thurrock areas and is free at the point of entry. The service is also for young people with special educational needs (SEN) up to the age of 25.

Any young person experiencing emotional wellbeing or mental health problems, or any parent, guardian or teacher of a child who is experiencing emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties, may access our services.

The Specialist Teaching Service

Specialist teachers aim to improve the performance of children with statements of special educational needs. The specialist teachers can also provide assessment, advice and support for children on Essex school based approaches – ESA+ especially. Each specialist teacher is a member of an area team led by Area Team Leaders who are managed by the County Team Manager.

The Specialist Teaching Service is one of the SEN and Disability Support Services.

Specialist teachers have:

  • a teaching qualification
  • a range of teaching experience, with particular reference to special educational needs
  • an additional qualification or extensive training in a specialist area of SEN. This can be in an area such as visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech and language, autism, moderate learning difficulties, specific learning difficulties, British Sign Language, early years, physical and neurological impairment, ICT

Local Authority Educational Psychology Service

The work of educational psychologists falls within the following core activities:

  • consultation;
  • assessment;
  • intervention;
  • training
  • research;
  • contributing to Local Authority strategy policy and priorities.

These activities underpin the work of an educational psychologist across the Every Child Matters ‘windscreen of need’. This is a conceptual framework for understanding a continuum of need from universal to severe and complex.  The work of EPs across the continuum was recognised in a review of the work of EP services, commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), entitled ‘A review of the Functions and Contribution of Educational Psychologists in England and Wales in light of Every Child Matters. Educational Psychologists’ work contributes to local authority strategy and policy, and school improvement.  EPs work at a systems level with whole schools or departments as well as with groups of pupils and individuals.

Educational psychologists work with children and young people across the 0-19 age range and across the continuum of need.

Transition Pathways Service

Lee Smith, IAG advisor, visits pupils in the year before transition to the next stage (Years 9 and 11). He discusses course options and offers guidance about colleges/courses, etc.

Respect Project

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Essex Boys & Girls Clubs in Chelmsford work with low attendance/low self-esteem/disengaged pupils in Year 9 and more recently also Year 10. The course starts off with a day at Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster. The successful students (about half) are then invited to another day at Stubbers along with pupils from Alec Hunter Academy and Notley High School. They are further screened again and the successful students are then offered a Life Skills course one night a week for 8 weeks. They are collected and returned home by minibus. The final stage of the course is a week away in the Lake District at High Row Centre, an ex-youth hostel, now owned by The Essex Boys & Girls Clubs. The students are able to take part in challenging activities including rock climbing, abseiling, map reading and orienteering, ghyll walking and more, and learning social skills required when sharing communal spaces. Students hope to gain more self-confidence and self-worth and often become more settled after these experiences.

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Lucy Freeman from Action for Young Carers comes into school in the autumn term once a month to run lunchtime drop-ins. She also visits the identified young carers in the summer term on a one to one basis.

Family Solutions (Essex County Council)

Who are we?
Family Solutions is a service that has been set up by Essex County Council, working together with a range of other agencies and organisations including district councils, Job Centre Plus, police, housing providers and charities.

We currently have four teams based around the county in Basildon, Harlow, Clacton and Braintree; however we offer a countywide service and are happy to travel to where you are in order to support you and your family.

Our teams are made up of employees from a range of backgrounds with experience in health, education, probation service, mental health, substance misuse services, housing providers, district councils and youth offending teams.

What do we do?
Our focus is to help you to identify areas in your life that you would like to improve and support you to do this.

What we do will depend very much on the needs identified by you and your family. We are not here to judge you, to tell you what to do or pretend we can solve all the challenges that you face.

We will however work alongside you, support you and do whatever we can to help you and your family achieve the best possible outcomes. This doesn’t mean that we will not challenge or push you to achieve your full potential, but we strongly believe that only by working together can we move forward.

Travel Training

Travel training is designed to help people get more from life by giving them the confidence to travel independently.
Being able to access public transport helps people to make their own choices about how they live and what they want to achieve.

Travel training can help overcome barriers to:

  • Employment
  • Social inclusion
  • Independent journeys to School/College

How do we help?
Trainers will accompany trainees on their journeys, providing encouragement and guidance until we feel confident that trainees have developed the appropriate skills to travel independently.
Our team of specialist travel trainers are there to develop skills such as:

  • Coping with traffic on major roads, with and without pedestrian crossings
  • Learning the highway code
  • Confidence in using buses and trains
  • How to plan a journey
  • Familiarisation of travel routes and timetables
  • Identification of landmarks
  • Where to get help
  • Personal safety
  • Money skills.

Who can we help?
We work with clients who have behavioural difficulties, physical difficulties and additional needs to enable them to use public transport services. We can help prepare participants for travel on any specific journey – perhaps to work, school further education or a training opportunity.  Help is also available on walking routes.

Provide (NHS – School Nurse services)

We work to engage schools in the Essex Healthy Schools Programme and pro-actively support them in maintaining Healthy Schools status and working towards Enhancement Stage.

Through Healthy Schools activity, we aim to increase the capacity of schools to improve universal health and wellbeing, for example:

  • Training school staff on a range of health issues, such as understanding health improvement, managing playground behaviours, domestic abuse and delivering the PSHE curriculum.
  • Supporting schools in adopting a whole-school approach to health and wellbeing.

We also work with schools and other agencies to develop and deliver Health Improvement Interventions as required to support targeted work in schools, such as:

  • Therapeutic groups for children with identified social and emotional needs, such as Dina’s Dinosaur School, Children Living with Domestic Abuse, Friendship and Social Skills, Anger Management and Managing Change, Stress and Anxiety.
  • Working with young people taking risks.
  • Cooking with young carers.
  • Working with parents to overcome barriers to health and wellbeing.

In addition, we engage and support secondary schools in developing and sustaining the Youth Health Champions initiative.

Community Police Officer (CPO)

The school has a Community Police officer attached to it.  The CPO helps ensure that students are fully aware of the dangers and legal implications of certain behaviours to help keep them safe.