Safe in Essex
Safe in Essex is a project at the Children’s Society East that is an early intervention team that support young people aged 10-18 years old around awareness of risk taking behaviours. Our main focus is group work and we deliver our support at many schools within North, Mid, South and West of Essex. The only restriction to accessing this service is that the young person being referred is not already working with higher support services such as for example EWMHS, Family solutions, Social Care .
The main delivery of support is through structured group work which is an intervention set up for up to 15 young people running at 4-8 sessions. This support can then lead on to 1:1 support if a further need is identified for an individual in that particular group.
Targeted one off sessions are also delivered to groups of up to 35 young people at one time. These sessions can be delivered as PSHE lessons or as part of workshop days. Although the service offer these targeted sessions, its offers on the basis that a structured group will lead on from the one off session, with those YPs identified as needing further more detailed support.
This service delivers support on the following identified needs:
- Awareness around substance misuse (not for young people who are using but for young people who may be a risk of going down that route. Those who are using can be referred to our EYPDAS team)
- Healthy/unhealthy relationships
- Peer pressure
- Sexual health
- Managing anger and conflict
- Exam stress
We also offer a structured group programme called 'Run the Risk' which is 6-8 weeks of group work, which focuses of a different risky behaviour each week.
If you have any questions about Safe in Essex, please do not hesitate to contact The Children’s Society East on 01245 493311 and ask to speak to a member of the Safe in Essex team.