Step 2 in Schools

Two GirlsStep 2 offer schools the opportunity to provide their young people with a learning experience they will remember! 

Step 2 staff are skilled and experienced at facilitating and creating a safe learning environment to support young people to engage and learn. 

We can address areas including emotional health and wellbeing, keeping safe, positive relationships, life transitions, gender equality, relationships and sex education (RSE).

We will work alongside you to understand and identify the specific needs of your young people and can tailor our programmes  to create a bespoke package to  fully meet the needs of particular schools, communities or young people.  We can also offer bespoke training and resources to your staff, on any of our specialist areas.

Please contact us to discuss the specific issues you would like to address and we will use our expertise to work with you to create the most appropriate and impactful program for you needs.

Quote from Assistant Principal Bradford Academy

“Step 2's workers are real and credible for young people and the Bradford community.  Step 2 is an organisation which does what it says on the tin and makes Bradford a better and a safer place for young people and their families”.

Counselling Service in Schools

The DFE have recently published guidelines about how schools can support issues of mental health and wellbeing in schools. Amongst the guidelines the report makes reference to school based counselling as follows:

‘Good mental and emotional wellbeing is an integral part of children and young people’s holistic development. When this development is inhibited, counselling can be an effective and important resource. The aims of counselling are to assist the child or young person to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and their relationship to their world, to create a greater awareness and utilisation of their personal resources, to build their resilience, and to support their ability to address problems and pursue personally meaningful goals.’ (Counselling in Schools: A Blueprint for the Future. Departmental advice for school leaders and counsellors. March 2015)

What is counselling and how can it help?

Counselling is a mental health intervention that children or young people can voluntarily enter into if they want to explore, understand and overcome issues in their lives which may be causing them difficulty, distress and/or confusion. A counselling relationship has identified boundaries and an explicit contract agreed between the young person, counsellor and, where appropriate, parent or carer.

“The central goal of child counselling is to help children return to or achieve healthy adaptive functioning relevant to their developmental stages.”(Verberg 1992)

 Counselling can be beneficial in a number of ways, for example it can:

  • help to reduce the psychological distress that children and young people may experience as a result of facing a range of life difficulties, such as abuse and neglect; childhood sexual abuse; domestic violence; being bullied or experiencing bereavement, loss and grief;
  • support young people who are having difficulties within relationships, for example with family or with friends, to find ways of managing the situation they are in with the best outcome for them;
  • help young people who are having difficulty managing their emotions, such as anger.
  • help to re-engage young people with school and learning

We have been working successfully in primary and secondary schools in Bradford over the last few years. All our counsellors are fully qualified and experienced in working therapeutically with children and young people. They are all registered members of a professional body, usually the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and are therefore obliged to work within the BACP Code of Ethics. In order to quality assure their work and ensure client safety, they are required to have their own clinical monthly supervision in place and attend group supervision and regular 1:1 support at Step2.

We are able to place a counsellor in your school depending on your needs and would be happy to discuss with you how best to meet these. The school would need to be able to provide an appropriate, private space for the work to take place and a member of staff to be the link person responsible for the referrals and communication with the counsellor and Step2.

In the first stage of the work the counsellor will make an initial assessment of each young person they work with and their work will be evaluated each half term. At the end of the therapy a final assessment and evaluation will be made providing both a qualitative and quantitate evaluation of the work that has taken place.

A service level agreement would ensure that all parties are clear about the terms on which the service will be provided. We would usually expect to be working in your school for a minimum of one academic year although this can be negotiated

If you would like to discuss this service further please do not hesitate to contact the counselling manager on pauline@step2.org.uk or phone Step2 on 01274 683118