We recognise the most important influence in a child’s life is family. Children who grow up with safe, stable and nurturing relationships form stronger friendships, develop greater resilience, achieve more in school and are more likely to build positive relationships throughout their lives.
We are child focussed in our intent but recognise that the most effective way to help and protect children is to work alongside the whole family. Therefore strengthening families is central to our aims as we know that families have greater capacity for change when we work with them as partners. This is part of an evidence based approach known asRestorative Practice.
We aim to embed a culture across our workforce where dignity and respect is the basis for our interventions. Every member of staff will understand the principles of Restorative Practice and its ethos will underpin all of our work and align to the borough vision of ‘Forging a Future for all’.
The SPRINT project team at The University of Birmingham have been working with local housing charity St Basils, to develop and implement a set of strengths-based mental skills training tools, to help homeless young people improve their resiliency. Using evidence-based principles from sports psychology, normally used by elite athletes to enhance performance, the toolkit offers opportunities for skills development. These techniques have already been shown to improve well-being and employment opportunities for at-risk young people through the My Strengths Training for Life™ programme.
Find out more by watching the summary video from the recent toolkit launch event.
Dr Jennifer Cumming, Project Director, will be delivering a public lecture at The University of Birmingham on Thursday, 27th February 2020 (17:30-19:00), entitled Realising Potential – How Sports Psychology can challenge Homelessness. This will be an excellent opportunity to hear more about the launch of the toolkit and guide, in addition to the research behind their development.