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Blue Smile service in schools

Blue Smile provides counselling, therapy and mentoring in schools to support and improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people aged 3 to 13. We work using proven fun, arts-based therapies which engage the child in a non-threatening way, helping them to organise their feelings and process traumatic experiences. So far, our highly skilled therapists and mentors have helped over 500 children to be happier and feel better.

We are proud of our impact, shown on internationally-recognised measures

93% of parents say that their children’s problems improved because of Blue Smile
95% of children with the most worrying mental health issues improved
85% of teachers say that Blue Smile children improve in the classroom

We have two types of service: our subsidised Partner schools and our flexible Outreach Therapy.

Partner School service:

We currently have nine partner schools, mostly in areas of deprivation in Cambridge, which is our training hub.

Teams of 6-7 Therapists and Mentoring Counsellors led by an experienced Team Leader go into partner schools on a Blue Smile day every week. They see 15-18 pupils, one-to-one, in each school during that day. There’s no stigma as we’re seen as part of the school. Therapists also work with parents and teachers on goals and strategies for helping the child with their emotions.

We subsidise this service and children with less complex needs see our Mentoring Counsellors who are volunteers early in their clinical training. This is the training ground for our Outreach service.

Outreach service:

This uses our most highly qualified therapists who are able to see children with the most complex needs, and we can go anywhere in Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas. The one to one therapy service sees 3 or 4 children in a school. Counselling is a recognised use of pupil premium.

We have a large range of other services with Outreach, including group work, teacher training, work with parents and teacher “supervision” – giving teachers themselves time to talk about difficult experiences in trying to help children.

How therapeutic support can help

Empathic support through therapy and mentoring helps children and young people to manage and make sense of their feelings. It builds self-esteem, confidence, self-control, concentration and the ability to form good relationships.

The referrals taken by Blue Smile include support for difficulties such as:

  • bullying
  • anxiety states
  • distress, grief and bereavement
  • eating disorders
  • relationship problems
  • adjustment to illness
  • stress and post-traumatic stress
  • panic attacks
  • phobias
  • behavioural problems
  • depression
  • self-harm
  • withdrawn behaviour
  • suicidal thoughts

Therapy and counselling works towards better coping strategies and school performance, and away from later mental health difficulties and problem behaviours.

The government recognises the importance of such early intervention and a good school is judged by its ability to deal with problems that arise, while OFSTED increasingly recognises the important part played by counselling in a school’s pastoral care system.

Blue Smile has exemplary safeguarding practices and policies.

If you are interested in the possibility of Blue Smile coming into your school, please contact our Chief Executive Rebecca Wood on Tel. 01223 314725 or by email at rebecca.wood@bluesmile.org.uk

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