Staying Safe!

by Krunch

Sandwell Christian Centre, Langley Crescent
Mark Cavell
0121 552 5556
9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

• One to one solution focussed sessions with experienced mentors enabling the child’s voice to be heard
• Supporting children to transition back into educational settings
• Supporting children to have open and honest discussion around issues such as: Self Esteem, and confidence, Healthy Peer Relationships – Power and Control, increasing self-awareness of own identity and culture/ seek positive relatable role models and developing empathy
• Education and Guidance (see below) *
• Pre and post impact measures via the use of Outcomes Star and an Emotional Health and Well-being Questionnaire
• A holistic relational approach which encourages self-awareness, achievement within short term goal setting and the development of relevant life skills
• We can support children with Special Educational Needs
• Signposting young people to positive activities and opportunities outside of school
• Regular communication with the referring agency and attendance at multi agency meetings when necessary in the best interests of the young person

*Education and guidance in the following areas:

• Encourage independent thinking – ‘I can have a choice’
• Encourage engagement with education and local positive activities
• Risky behaviour and personal safety - guide young people away from potentially harmful acquaintances
• Highlight the danger of violence and gang life – the real facts
• Weapon Carrying and the Law

The child's emotional health and wellbeing remains of the utmost importance, closely followed by understanding their learning styles and needs. We know that keeping children in education and surrounded by trusted adults is a crucial protective factor to keeping them safe from extra-familial harm.

Opening hours

Morning Afternoon Evening
Accessibility details
We have a good awareness of the SEN categories and frequently associated diagnoses such as ADHD, autism and anxiety. We have close links with CAMHS, as one of our staff is a therapist seconded there. We also work with the Inclusion Support Team and have access to support if we are not familiar with a particular medical diagnosis, neurological disorder, or area of learning difficulty. Our staff team are also aware of attachment theory, the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and they all work in a trauma informed way. Krunch works daily with children from local Sandwell Special Schools, Westminster and Brades Lodge as well as SEN YP from local colleges. We bespoke all of our interactions and provision to meet physical, sensory and emotional needs. On average, at least 30% of those students we work with on a weekly basis will have some kind of SEND and we are used to working with those who have full statements/EHC plans both in groups and a one to one setting. We successfully provide education sessions and accreditation for young people living with a wide range of SEND.
Staff qualifications
We have a longstanding, stable staff team with a plethora of qualifications: qualified teacher and mentors, therapist working alongside Sandwell CAMHS, internal moderation for accreditation, youthwork, Masters Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Masters Applied Psychology, Counselling (various stages of training), Diploma in Trauma Recovery. Career backgrounds of our staff relevant to this contact include: teaching/mentoring - mainstream, special, Steiner and free, young offenders institute, post-16 college, homeless foyer, life coaching, church youth worker, stay at home parent, child sexual exploitation, teenage mental health. Our staff undertake regular training on a range of topics which affect our service users, both inhouse and via Sandwell Children’s Trust, Safeguarding Board and quality external providers. A sample of training sessions this past year: • Suicide Awareness • Betsy de Thierry trauma consultant - online how to help the angry, frustrated child • Risk, Rights, Resilience & Relationships: safeguarding and supporting adolescents - Research In Practice • Safeguarding 16-25-year olds • Effects of Domestic abuse upon children • Managing sexualised behaviour in schools • County Lines, gang affiliation and Exploitation • Equality diversity and inclusion training
Additional notes
Target Group… • Children and young people at risk of becoming disengaged or excluded from education, who are also at risk of being influenced and/or exploited by potentially harmful acquaintances With one or more of the following risk factors: • vulnerable to exploitation • risk of school exclusion • associating with other children/young people suspecting of criminal or gang involvement • family/siblings have history of offending • child exhibits violent behaviours • positive attitude towards crime • struggle with identity issues and/or self – esteem • Have other additional needs – SEND/emotional wellbeing is compromised (you need to be able to provide evidence of, or indicate strong suspicion of the above on the referral form to help us understand the concerns) General information… • The Krunch referral form must be completed and sent to Mark Cavell at This does not guarantee a place on the project. • You must provide us with a key worker within your school with whom we can liaise • We require parent/carers to complete Krunch consent form • We expect referrers, parents/carers and participants to completed short feedback questionnaires for us in order that we can evaluate service delivery and project impact • We set targets with the young person and review them regularly and agree a weekly reporting structure to someone at school (usually via email) • A final report summarizing our intervention and the achievement of the young person will be sent to school and home and other involved professionals for whom we have consent • All Krunch staff have an enhanced DBS certificate and Safeguarding Training • Krunch has public liability insurance, a current Safeguarding Policy, Health and Safety Policy and many of our staff are First Aid trained • Our face to face mentoring sessions are risk assessed too. Our staff are trained and regularly updated in relation to Social Distancing rules and hygiene procedures in line with changing government and educational guidelines For further information please call Krunch and ask for Lynsey Grant or Mark Cavell and we will be happy to discuss the referral process and the project with you.