Support and personal development for young people at NLCS is further enhanced by a non-residential member of staff facilitating 1:1 sessions and group working. The aim is to help young people discover skills and tools which encourage self-reliance, confidence and the ability to fulfil their potential. Workshops enable young people to come together to discuss issues relevant to themselves. Topics covered can include:
Anger Management, Self Esteem, Bullying, Peer Pressure, Risky Behaviour, Assertiveness, Drug Awareness, Self-Harm, Confidence Building, Employability, Building Positive Relationships and Exploring Creativity
The methodology includes:
Group Work, One to One Sessions, SMART Goals , CBT techniques, Facilitating Peer Led Groups, Motivational Interviewing and Cycle of Change
All work is underpinned by evidence based practice. Examples of workshop and one to one content and structure:
- Recognising Signs of Anger
- Recognising Response to Anger
- Changing Response to Anger
- Can it be changed?
- What is Self-Esteem?
- How Does it Affect Me?
- Where Does it Stem From?
- Can it be changed?
- Mood Triggers
- Recognising Moods
- Sitting With Moods
- Responding to Moods
Drug and Alcohol Awareness
- What is a Drug?
- Short Term Effects
- Long Term Effects
- Drugs and the Law
- New Psychoactive substances
- What is Peer Pressure?
- Peer Pressure Responses
- Avoiding Peer Pressure
- Managing Choices
- What is Risky Behaviour?
- Recognising Risk
- Avoiding Risk
- Risk and Managing Choices
Helping prepare for healthy transitions out of care / back home / on to semi- independent living / foster care is grounded in the following principles:
- Ensure that transition planning takes place early.
- Involve everyone with an interest in the support of a young person.
- Involve outside agencies at an early stage and encourage young people to source community based support.
- Make young people are aware of future support sources and how to access them.
Moving on from NLCS towards independent living is supported by involving young people in existing Support Services:
Health professionals, Education Links, Mental Health Services, Local Area Charities and Support Services, Local Area Voluntary Organisations, Local and National Children’s/Young Persons Charities and Services
Working with vulnerable young people requires thorough and ongoing assessment of individual and group needs and safety. Special attention is given to any risk factors and the safety of the young people in conjunction with other staff members, outside agencies involved in their care and alerting the relevant services where risk is indicated.
“Several decades of research have shown that the promise and potential lifetime benefits of preventing mental, emotional, and behavioural disorders are greatest by focusing on young people and that early interventions can be effective in delaying or preventing the onset of such disorders.”
National Academy of Sciences (2009)