Links Multi Academy Trust Outreach Team serve schools in the St. Albans, Harpenden, Welwyn, Hatfield and Hertsmere area. The team supports children and young people who are experiencing social, emotional, mental health and behaviour difficulties with planned intervention and training for staff.

The aim of the team is to enable children and young people to experience success in all elements of their school life, particularly where challenging behaviour is preventing them from accessing learning or places them at risk of exclusion from school. Challenging behaviours may include refusal to follow instructions, defiance, verbal or physical aggression, attention seeking behaviours and persistent disruption to learning.

Emotional wellbeing is a key component of our interventions; we work therapeutically to explore, identify and improve children’s and young people’s sense of self which includes self-esteem, self-worth, anxiety and withdrawal.

Referrals to the team for behaviour management support are made by schools, with consent and input from parent(s) or carer(s) by completing a Single Service Request form and an Assessment and Progress form (please see referrals on website).

Targeted interventions for children and young people are individualised for their particular needs. Alongside our intervention, we work very closely with other agencies and the team will be represented at any agency meeting that relates to the needs of the child or young person and their family. This approach ensures appropriate information sharing and promotes positive outcomes.

We are a short term intervention service and we measure our success through assessment and progress data provided by schools and regular reviews with staff, families or agencies. Occasionally, we will signpost schools and families to other services that we feel can work alongside us or better support the child or young person’s needs.