Youth Workers in Schools
Response are leading on providing Youth Work in schools, either as part of the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) in state schools or as a paid-for service in private schools.
MHST is a national initiative supporting early intervention for emerging mental health issues. In Oxfordshire, it's a partnership between Response and Oxford Health NHS Trust aimed at improving the mental health of children and young people. MHSTs complement school support by providing expertise and resources for early intervention.
The Mental Health Support Team (MHST) within CAMHS has teamed up with Response to offer a number of secondary schools in Oxfordshire access to a Wellbeing Youth Worker as part of their Whole School Approach. In addition, we are now extending our expertise to offer Youth Work in private schools.
Wellbeing Youth Workers offer preventative mental health support to young people in the schools they are based in. They do this through fun, engaging and flexible approaches that fit the needs of the individual young people and the needs of the schools.
Check with your school to see if they have access to MHST support. If your school is not eligible for MHST, Response can still offer our Youth Work service, so please get in contact if this is of interest.
What Youth Workers Offer
Lunchtime drop in sessions for young people to spend time with a Youth Worker and their peers, gain valuable wellbeing advice and build connections.
Youth Workers can run groups either in school time or after school, these can be focussed on a collective wellbeing need or on interests to help with engagement and social connections.
A referral can be made for a Youth Worker to work 1-1 with a young person who may need a safe, non-judgemental space to talk, reflect and learn some coping skills.
Youth Workers could offer assemblies on "hot" topics or work alongside the wider MHST team to deliver specific wellbeing assemblies to the schools.