TARGET GROUP: one to one or small groups of up to 8 children - for children in school years 5 or 6 with at least one of the following risk factors:
• Those children with a history of witnessing unhealthy or unsafe relationships
• Those lacking in awareness of how to keep themselves safe and ask for help
• Displaying or expressing discriminatory or hostile views towards those of a different gender (e.g. Consider the prevention of violence against women and girls)
• Developmentally inappropriate sexual behaviour
• Unsafe, illegal, or unkind use of social media
• Those known to be viewing pornography or other age-inappropriate material
We WILL NOT work with children who have displayed: abuse/violent sexual behaviours, use of coercion or force, sexual assaults or rape, chronic use of pornography, young person preoccupied or obsessed with sex or sexual content.
SAMPLE SESSION CONTENT:
• Respect and self-worth
• Healthy personal boundaries within a range of relationships
• Consent – My body, my choice…. their body, their choice
• Protective behaviours – I have the right to feel safe all the time…
• Who are my safe people? (Trusted adults and peers)
• Mentees will be better able to recognise potentially harmful relationships and situations
• Mentees will be able to name and describe healthy relationship qualities
• Mentees will understand why it is good to have healthy personal boundaries
• Mentees will show an increased confidence to make informed choices
KRUNCH MENTORS WILL:
- give careful advice and guidance whilst always providing safe spaces for children to be listened to, heard, and valued
- Undertake a pre and post topical questionnaire for every child in both the groups and a one-to-one intervention, to check progress in understanding
- Undertake a pre and post emotional wellbeing questionnaire with one-to-one mentees
- Delivery will be adapted for those with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, EHC plans, notable emotional health and wellbeing issues
- Send weekly feedback of mentoring sessions provided to all relevant professionals
- Write a summative report for each one to one and group intervention
We understand that our interventions need to be developmentally and age appropriate and that some topics are sensitive in nature which can be concerning for parent/carers. We will collaborate with your staff to devise a mutually approved package of support.
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.
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
• The Krunch referral form must be completed and sent to Mark Cavell at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING, SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS & DISABILITIES, PERSONAL, SCHOOL LIFE/BEHAVIOUR AND PEER RELATIONSHIPS