Explore & Empower

Explore & Empower is Chance UK’s flagship early intervention programme that supports families with 5-12 year old children who are experiencing behavioural and emotional challenges.

Our programme empowers children to develop their skills, confidence and life aspirations through weekly mentoring sessions, alongside 1:1 and group support for their parent/carers.

We use solution-focused techniques to positively identify what is working already, to explore and work towards the child and families’ preferred future, and strengthen relationships in and around the family unit.

Families will receive:

  • Child referred will receive up to 9 months of 1:1 weekly mentoring sessions with a trained volunteer mentor or youth worker outside of school hours. During lockdown, these sessions will be conducted remotely with phone or video calls until it is safe to resume sessions in the community.
  • A named Programme Manager (PM) assigned to each child and their mentor. The PM provides supervision, guidance and input to the mentoring relationship and liaise with other professionals where needed.
  • A named Parent Programme Manager (PPM) assigned to each parent/carer. The PPM will support parent/carers with everyday parenting challenges, and help make the parent-child relationship even more enjoyable.
  • All new Explore & Empower referrals will complete in March 2021.

This programme is offered in Islington and Lambeth

Referral Status: OPEN in Islington

Before referring, please check that:

  • You have consent for the referral to Chance UK from the child and the child’s parent/carer.
  • The child is at primary school and/or resident in a borough accepting referrals.
  • The child is 5 to 11 years old at point of referral, and is currently displaying challenging behaviour at home and at school. For Year 6 pupils, please check our STEP programme.
  • The child has an age-appropriate level of comprehension, communication and self-reflection skills in order to engage with talking tools, behavioural strategies, and making and setting goals.
  • If a child meets our criteria, there are no separate criteria for parent/carers to access our family support.