By simply offering a presence, getting to know young people in various settings, a relationship of trust and respect can be built. This provides them the security of someone with whom they feel comfortable, to share their joys and anxieties, whether relating to school work, emotional burdens or life and family issues. We have a holistic approach where relationships are built by non judgmental listening as well as practical means such as social activities-playing games, or encouraging involvement in local community projects.
With Learning Support a Youth Worker said "It's great to be able to help them, whether that's in class support, some extra one-to-one support, or playing a game, working in the school garden or doing some recycling."
And feedback from a local Pupil Support Teacher gives some insight to the benefit that can come from this work;
"With one pupil in particular Linda's willingness to go the extra mile to work with him and understand his difficulties has enabled him to access a mainstream class setting that would otherwise not be possible. In other words it is life-changing for that pupil."
Within the bounds of accepted practice of the Safeguarding Policy, relationships need to be seen to be confidential.
Along with all recognised Child and Youth Working agenciesin the Highland Region we share the principle of the government strategies called “Getting it Right for Every Child” This means that children and young people have the support they need in school and from a variety of other professionals and suitably motivated volunteers, to ensure that any difficulties they experience are recognised and addressed with the minimum intrusion necessary from the statuary agencies in order to make a difference to challenging life circumstances.
By offering our time and services to all young people in a consistent and informal manner, we hope that the chances of vulnerable young people ‘slipping through the net’ become reduced.