Safe Hands – The Core Programme
“The children have been asking if you would be returning soon…
The children enjoyed their weekly sessions and a number of parents commented on seeing their child using the shakers as a strategy for calming down; I’m sure they will be excited to hear you are returning”
Assistant Head, Woden Primary School
“This is fantastic!! It has really highlighted the issues and thoughts of the girls you engaged and given them the opportunity to share their feelings and reflect on their future choices and potential consequences.”
Partnership Manager, City of Wolverhampton Council
Youth Discussion Forum (2018-2020)
The Youth Discussion Forum engaged with young people primarily via workshops and assemblies during this period. This feedback below was provided by a teacher and a lecturer at the end of the sessions.
…it was praised by our learners. It had the bonus… of reinforcing previous learning and it was good to see learner contributions using this learning to engage in the themes… One learner said “It’s nice somebody is interested in us”.
“I was personally impressed that one learner who rarely engages, he ask [sic] me to qualify a point during the presentation and then relate it in his own way by way of giving an example.”
Lecturer in Public Services, City of Wolverhampton College
“This was a powerful session which was delivered creatively, with some humour, which meant that pupils were engaged and all were encouraged to participate.
The content of the presentation was very thought provoking and age-appropriate and led to some very good discussion amongst pupils giving them a good opportunity to ask any questions they had. The representatives from Square Pegs Round Holes were confident and managed the pupil responses informatively. Any misconceptions that the pupils had, for example around what is and isn’t legal, were cleared ensuring that the pupils left the presentation fully informed with the facts.
As pastoral, Lead at the school, any further involvement from Square Pegs Round Holes would be gratefully received. I would fully recommend that the organisation is provided with further funding to continue with the excellent work that they are doing with young people.”
Head of Year 11 and Pastoral Lead, The King’s Church of England School
As part of the two secondary school assemblies, the pupils were asked about the issues facing young people.
In both schools, the issues mentioned most were: drugs, knives, gangs and racism
However, crime and bullying also featured as important issues in one of the schools.