Who this service is for
This service is based in a number of primary schools in the London Borough of Camden in areas of long-term deprivation and disadvantage.
We work with children and their parents where other interventions have not helped or have not helped enough. These are often children with severe emotional difficulties, who behave in ways that are extremely upsetting and hard to manage for themselves, their families and their schools. Sometimes families and schools are worried about children being unusually withdrawn and unreachable; sometimes they are worried about children being extremely disruptive. There is often a worry that these difficulties will impact significantly on children's capacity to learn and develop in an ordinary way.
This service works closely with teachers and education staff, as well as working with individual children, their families and whole class groups.
How does this service help children, families and school staff?
This service can only be accessed by children and their families attending the schools in which the service is based, or those working in these schools.
We offer psychotherapeutic work that has been shown to improve outcomes for children, families and teaching staff.
The service has been very successful. Outcomes of the work have shown:
- Children are more able to manage their worries and difficult feelings
- Children are more able to learn in the classroom
- Children manage their relationships with other children better and get into trouble less at school
- Parents are more able to understand and support their children
- Teachers and education staff are more able to understand what is happening.
We work alongside teachers. This involves our clinical staff facilitating groups where we help teachers to think through concerns or difficulties with pupils or class groups. This helps them to understand the underlying meaning of pupil behaviour, identify more easily children who are at risk, and feel more confident about worrying pupils.
We also offer a psychotherapeutic service for children and their families including assessment, brief and longer term individual work, parent support, family work and children's groups.
How to refer to this service
You cannot refer to this service directly. However, you can find out more about how it works, or enquire as to how to bring the service to a local school by calling 020 8938 2241.