Our flagship mentoring service supports children to explore and manage big emotions – building their resilience and self-esteem and helping them to create and maintain healthy relationships. We work together with children aged 5 to 13 and their carers to create a brighter future.
After they’ve been referred, we carefully match children to one of our qualified youth workers based on their personality and interests. They meet weekly for 6-9 months and take part in activities, social events and games. Throughout this period, the youth worker will help the child to identify their strengths and support them to set goals and work towards achieving them.
How to Refer a Child
A child can be referred to Chance UK by:
- A family member
- Their teacher
- Their social worker
All referrals will need the consent of the child’s primary caregiver.
We will undertake an initial assessment to learn more about the child, their strengths and their needs. If we feel like we can offer the right support for them and their family, we will offer a place on one of our programmes.
The sessions with my mentor are the best. She’s supporting me a lot and this makes me feel good.9 year-old girl
Our mentoring support is available through a number of programmes:
- LIFT Programme: supports girls aged 9-13 who are vulnerable to domestic abuse or have been affected by it. With a strong focus on peer-to-peer support, this programme looks at healthy relationships, consent and building self confidence
- Westminster Programme: supports children aged 8-13 who are struggling to manage their emotions or mental health, or who have special educational needs. This programme is designed to build resilience and reduce risk-taking behaviour
- My Future Programme: supports children aged 5-13 who are struggling to manage their emotions and behaviour, through building self-esteem and self-regulation
- Safer Space Plus Programme: supports children aged 8-11 to build their self-esteem and raise awareness of domestic abuse
- STEP Programme: supports children in year 6 or 7 as they move to secondary school, with a focus on emotional wellbeing and strengthening resilience
Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to know more about referring a child to us, please read through our FAQs below. You can also always give us a call or drop us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A family member or someone who knows the child well, like their social worker or teacher, can refer them to us. This simply means getting in touch to see how we can help. We’ll have a chat about what areas they might be struggling with, as well as key details like where they live. This is to make sure we can offer them a place, and to understand what type of support they will benefit from the most.
If we are not able to offer your child a place on one of our programmes right now, we will always try to signpost you to other organisations who may be able to help.
No. The initial referral form makes sure that the child’s main carer has consented to the referral. Ideally, if you’re completing the referral as a parent/carer, you would complete the referral form together with the child’s teacher or another professional.
The school does not have to be involved in the referral, but it would be of huge benefit to the child if we could work in partnership with them whilst they are on one of our programmes.
We will agree with the primary caregiver a time and place to suit them.
All our support is given free of charge to families, thanks to the generosity of our funders.