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Investor in Careers – The Quality in Careers Standard

Investor in Careers is helping hundreds of learning providers to continuously improve the quality of their careers education. The National Careers strategy is key to giving individuals and organisations a clear focus on the Government’s policies and priorities for careers education. The revision of the associated statutory guidance, ‘Careers Guidance and Access for Education and…

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Young Carers at Risk of NEET

  The recent Young Carers Awareness Day has sparked much debate about the numbers of young people who are caring for a relative or friend, and the impact this has on their mental health, education and future prospects. #Focus5 key workers often meet young people who have carer duties at the same time as dealing with their own…

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The Journey of Change

A Family Support Worker’s role is not an easy task. It is not until the end of the support that we and the families realise how far they have come in the time that intensive support has been offered. Case Studies are a great way of showing the full journey of where they were to…

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Volunteers healing power of helping hands

In late 2018 The Daily Mail highlighted the Helpforce campaign and ‘the healing power of helping hands’ that referred to the value of volunteers supporting NHS services. In Somerset the NHS Trust has benefitted from that power for many years, especially within their twelve community hospitals.  Across these hospitals there are currently 155 registered and…

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Parents of Young People with SEND events

On two Monday evenings in November 2018, two members of the CSW Group Plymouth team –Sherri Bushen and Katie Cable facilitated an event for a group of parents of students with EHC Plans in the city.  The events were held at City College Plymouth and the Plymouth Creative School of Arts. The purpose of the…

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Young Mums Returning to Education

#Focus5 has funding available to support young mums aged 15-18 with the cost of childcare, whilst they take small steps back into education, employment or training. The UK has the highest teenage birth rate in Western Europe, five times that of the Netherlands, double that of France and more than twice that of Germany. Those who…

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Practical Study Support

Our practical study support for students with a mental health condition, autism-spectrum disorder or specific learning difficulty is expanding into new areas. We have recently conducted a very successful recruitment exercise to bring some excellent new Mentors into our Specialist Support Team. This team of Mentors work with students who face barriers to achieving their…

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