Our fast paced and rapidly changing world can be a challenging place for young people who have a vast array of pressures put on them. From education, choices and the ever-present impact of social media, these all offer challenges that no other generation has faced. At CSW we work with young people effected by these challenges and regularly see the impact they have. Adapt2 was developed from our Intensive Family Support Service, seeing a need for a hands-on tool to support young people to find the strategies to cope and develop the resilience to succeed. The programme was particularly designed to provide early help to those on the CAMHS waiting list or outside the scope of CAMHS.
Adapt2 is a 10 session programme, across primary and secondary aged young people, it is not a therapy manual, it is designed as a toolkit for professionals to work alongside the young person not to fix them or provide medical support but to help them see for themselves that they can succeed and overcome areas where things have become overwhelming. A successful pilot project saw young people improving their school attendance, lowering risk of exclusion from school and teachers describing them as calmer, less angry and coping more appropriately.
The young people involved enjoyed the hands-on activities and aide memoires that helped them remember the strategies after the programme giving them the tools to be able to meet the challenges that today’s world presents.
We undertook a successful pilot in Hampshire with young people from across all three programmes. The pilot demonstrated the potential to make a difference in the lives of young people who are struggling with their well-being. In particular:
- Children/young people have improved school attendance, are demonstrating a better mood, responding more in class and described themselves as happier
- Young people on the behaviour pilot have improved attendance, and lowered their risk of exclusion – this was a significant possibility for the young people at the start of the project. Teachers describe them as calmer, less angry and coping more appropriately with conflict
- The materials generated during the pilot have proved suitable and age appropriate across all 3 pilot groups
- The practical nature of the activities has been particularly enjoyed by the young people, and generated keepsakes and aide memoires that help them remember the content after the session has ended.
Pilot Case Study
Ryan (not real name) is aged 11 and in Year 6 at a Hampshire primary school. His poor attendance tells a story of low mood, anxiety and fear of coping with school, he is reluctant to take risks or try new learning. He appears sad and demoralised, and at home he prefers to stay in his room. Initially, Ryan finds the intervention challenging, but as he builds the close relationship the programme fosters with his support worker, he begins to look forward to the meetings. He particularly enjoys the practical nature of the activities, which promote resilience and offer strategies to identify and challenge his negative thoughts. As he begins to identify them, he finds he can use the strategies he has been given on a day to day basis, and they help him cope with a close family bereavement during the intervention.
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