Children and Families

As part of our charitable aims, we seek to provide a positive future for children and young people.

Seen Heard Believed Project

The Seen Heard Believed Project is a cutting edge approach to supporting children, young people
and their families using trauma informed practice (TIP) – a full-system approach to changing the way people think and interact with each other. All of our staff are TIP trained with ongoing clinical supervision to continuously develop and embed this methodology in their daily practice.

The project is a partnership between Safer Communities and Middlesbrough Council, funded by the Lieutenant
Colonel Cohen Trust, KPMG Foundation and more recently, South Tees Public Health from its Project ADDER recovery and diversion programme. This funds two Emotional Resilience Practitioners specifically supporting those recovering from the effects of substance misuse within the family. We are also in the final year of funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland to work specifically with young people involved in anti-social behaviour.

Whilst the project is embedded into Middlesbrough Borough Councils Stronger Families, Early Help Teams, we are completely independent. This allows us to capitalise on one of the voluntary sector’s greatest assets; its ability to engage children, young people and their families who can be fearful of statutory services.

This partnership arrangement means we are fully integrated into the Early Help systems and processes; we receive referrals directly from the Mulit-Agency Children’s Hub, which ensures we are accessing those families most in need.
During 2021 – 2022 the project is being independently evaluated by Teesside University on the value of using trauma informed practice in supporting family change.

The Seen Heard Team is a combination of Family Practitioners; Emotional Resilience Practitioners and Children and Young People’s Practitioners – all of whom co-work alongside social workers and, in some instances, lead and manage a case load of families who require Early Help and Prevention because they are showing the first signs of vulnerability.

The role is to provide a Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) approach in working with the whole family, but with particular emphasis on children and young people. Families can be involved with the project for as long it is needed for them to be able to take control of their own lives. Whilst the case may close for intensive support, workers will be expected to ‘check-in’ with families to ensure the intervention remains a success and provide booster sessions if needed. Read our
press release about Seen Heard Believed here.


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