Supporting Children

  • Therapeutic after-school club: A safe, fun environment with enriching activities including art, sports, music, drama, storytelling, craft and design, book club and off site activities such as swimming and skateboarding. The after-school club manager oversees staff who are passionate about engaging with children and skilled at responding calmly and effectively to challenging behaviour. Club runs from 3.45 to 5.45pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. All children can enjoy a hot, nutritious meal at the end of club before being collected by their parent or carer.
  • Keyworking: Children are allocated a keyworker for support encouragement and advocacy. Children have individual sessions with their keyworker in addition to time spent together in club. The keyworker is the child’s ‘go to person’ who supports the child and family with their specific needs and goals. The keyworker links in with the child’s parents/carers and any other professionals involved to see what additional support and opportunities might be necessary.
  • Psychotherapies: Our team of qualified therapists including clinical psychologist, art therapist and child and adolescent psychotherapists provide support for a range of emotional, behavioural and developmental difficulties. We have three therapy rooms carefully set up so that children have adequate space and a range of materials to express their emotions. All of our therapists are qualified to work with children and have appropriate professional supervision.
  • Day trips: Interesting and exciting off site activities and trips during school holidays in and around London. Examples of recent off site pursuits have included a canal trip, a visit to Kew Gardens, ice skating and a picnic on Hampstead Heath.

Supporting Families

  • Family support: Extra support can be offered to parents and families in addition to liaison with their child’s keyworker. This support can include a regular space to discuss the challenges of parenting or more pragmatic advice such as supporting with form filling, budgeting or supporting the parent at professional meetings such as with schools or local authorities.
  • Groups for parents/carers: We currently run a weekly therapeutic art groups for parents/carers open to accessing increased support from the centre. There is also a term-time cooking group which supports parents/carers to learn more about healthy eating and meal planning whilst giving the opportunity for positive social interaction. Examples of workshops for parents/carers that have recently been run include sessions on mindfulness and parenting strategies.
  • Counselling for parents/carers: Our clinical team can offer parents a non-judgemental space to talk through emotional struggles. Sessions are usually on a weekly basis and run for an agreed number of weeks. The clinical team primarily consists of child specialists so counselling support for parents is dependent on the availability of the therapist at a given time. Signposting to and liaison with local NHS services is recommended for any parents/carers experiencing severe mental health difficulties.

Supporting Schools

  • Groups in schools: Our clinical team offer a range of workshops within the school settings. Some of the workshops delivered aim to address issues such as boosting self-esteem, overcoming emotional difficulties, improving social skills and supporting transition to secondary school.
  • Psychology assessments: Our clinical psychologist conducts assessments of specific learning needs for children where there are concerns about academic progress. Children struggling with reading, writing, attention or other learning difficulties meet with a psychologist for one to one testing and a report is completed summarising their learning strengths and weaknesses and giving recommendations for informing future educational provision.