HeadStart Kent – Intensive Mentoring

Service: Through HeadStart Kent, Salus are able to offer an Intensive Mentoring Service to children and young people in Swale and Gravesham.

Aim: The aim of the programme is to improve the emotional health and well-being and build the resilience of children and young people.

Who is it for:

  • The service is available to children and young people aged 10-16 and attending identified schools/settings in Swale and Gravesham (please click on the area to view the current list).
  • It is also available to those not attending a formal setting (e.g. children educated at home) and those missing education.
  • The service is targeted at those young people who
    • display behaviour that indicates adversity
    • have been identified as having no consistent secure adult
    • live in a woman’s refuge
    • have experienced domestic abuse and their resilience has not been maintained as a result of other support.

The offer: Salus adopts a strengths based approach to supporting children, young people and their families. Using a range of evidence based approaches and tools (such as FRIENDS) and through a team of talented mentors, we work to understand needs and implement an action plan to address these.

The mentor will seek opportunities for the young person to develop their social confidence, engaging them in confidence building activities, working with parents to develop their skills, supporting resolution of family based issues and supporting access to other services as required.

Following assessment of need, the mentor will offer approximately 10 weeks of support.

Referrals: It is expected that a domains based conversation will have been undertaken with each young person, prior to referral http://www.headstartkent.org.uk/schools-and-practitioners/templates-and-documents/having-a-domains-conversation

Referrals are accepted from schools/settings, Early Help and voluntary partners.  If the child or young person is already working with Early Help, please liaise with the Early Help Worker to ensure co-ordination of support. If you would like to refer a young person, click here.

If you have any queries or require further clarification please contact us.

Downloadable leaflets:

Information for Professionals (Intensive Mentoring)

Information for Parents and Carers (Intensive Mentoring)

Information for Young People (Intensive Mentoring)

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IMPROVING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN

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