Schools

It is becoming increasingly apparent that children are not demonstrating a high level of emotional resilience and that this is often exacerbated by social circumstances.

East Anglia has very few resources to support young people’s mental health and generic services have long waiting list and a high threshold criteria.

Overview

We are working in schools offering support to individuals and whole class groups, focusing on issues such as, anxiety, self-harm, managing change, behaviour and resilience.

If young people can receive emotional support from a qualified professional within their school setting, they will have greater opportunity to fulfil their potential, both academically and socially. As a Social Work professional my work will always incorporate the entire family and social dynamics. This is a key factor in dealing with a majority of young people who are struggling with their emotional wellbeing.

I can provide an invaluable service to a school having worked as a Social Worker in safeguarding teams for 15 years and as a Mental Health Practitioner in CAMHS until September 2020. I am now in the first stage of developing the Parachute Project, my aim is to offer both private and school based mental health support to young people between the ages of 6 and 19.

School professionals are increasingly being expected to have the time, knowledge and skills to support young people experiencing mental health issues. The fact is that without the right early support these young people not only require a lot of time from professionals but can present risks that need to be managed and assessed. The Parachute Project can fill the gap in services by providing counselling support in school to pupils. We can focus on a broad range of mental health issues and to reach out to many children. This is due to our unique packages of support. Children will be able to access a course of 6-8 sessions that are results driven and take a psychoeducation approach giving children and when necessary, parents/carers the tools to understand and manage issues such as anxiety, anger management, social anxiety, self-harm, identity concerns and low mood.

*Parents and Carers can also contact the consultancy directly and pay for private support for their child from the Consultancy.

Quality Measurement

Quality measurement assessments are currently taking place in the form of feedback forms both from adults and children.

Since starting the consultancy in January 2021, 100% of the work proposed after the initial consultation was taken up. Feedback based on 16 families accessing the 8 session programs since February 2021.

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Positively achieving change with the issue
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Educating the young person about their mental health and anxiety
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12 of the 16 children were able to manage their issues after an initial block of 8 counselling sessions and needed no further immediate intervention.
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100% of the children stated they valued their sessions
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13 of the 16 children said they were more able to engage in their education after an initial 8 sessions.

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