Case Study

Participant’s starting situation – details of what the participant’s situation was when they joined the activity

The participant had a complex home & family setting and was known to social services. They and their siblings were on the Children at Risk Register. The family’s circumstances were very complex. Both parents were known to the police and the children had been moved around, a lot. They were at risk of gang involvement or being exploited by gangs.

Barriers- details of what barriers the participant faced before and during their time on the activity

During the programme, family circumstances improved, and the young person and their siblings were removed from the at-risk register. However, family relations have seldom improved and there are still difficulties with the relationships with parents. The young person has struggled to come to terms with the things faced in their childhood and what type of relationship they should have with their parents and the type of relationship they would like to have. There have also been barriers in terms of travelling to certain areas or applying for jobs in certain areas, because of issues they have had previously with other young people in the area.

What interventions and actions did the project undertake with the participant?

The young person has taken part in various workshops whilst taking part in the project. They have also enrolled on and began a college course. We have created a CV and completed numerous job applications. We have spoken with the parent and worked closely with them to ensure the young person feel supported. We have also established a line of communication with the Development Coach at the college, to work together to support them, emotionally and in terms of their education. We have arranged days out, for the young person to have a sense of childhood. We have meeting once a week or more when necessary, to ensure the young person feels supported. We have also looked at strategies for coping with and managing negative feelings.

Outcomes and impact – the result of the interventions and actions of the activity. How have these made a real difference?

The young person has grown in confidence and has a stronger belief in themselves as a person. They felt confident enough to tell us they weren’t happy with what they were doing and felt forced into it, rather than it being a choice. But they have continued with the course, which has shown to us real maturity and a desire to do well.

Next steps – what are the participant’s future plans, what do they intend to do next?

The young person wishes to have a career in Law. At the beginning of the programme, they didn’t think that would be a viable option for them, because of their past. However, after working with us, they felt confident enough to let us know that what they are currently studying isn’t what they want to do long term, but rather felt that it was better than doing nothing. We are looking into Law courses for next September.