New trauma-informed programme launched for North Kensington students

Published: Friday 4 February 2022

A new school inclusion pilot has launched in a number of North Kensington schools as part of the Council’s Grenfell Recovery Strategy

The trauma-informed programme, which aims to promote inclusion and tackle school exclusions in the local area, will help to address and mitigate the ongoing impact of the Grenfell fire and the challenges related to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the future of the Tower. 

As part of the new programme, Early Help Family Practitioners have been placed in schools across North Kensington to support pupils, families, and the school community. 

Therapeutic support will be offered, along with one-to-one and group mentoring sessions for students, and a dedicated practitioner for each child and family to improve relationships and behaviour in the classroom.

Talking about their involvement in the group mentoring sessions, a student from Ark Brunel said: “The thing I liked about the group was that everyone listened about what we all had to say. Also, the thing I liked the most was how the worker listened a lot and how she made me more happy to go to school.”

Another Ark Brunel student said: “I think this was a great group and it helped me get more confident and more brave. It had a lot of fun activities and I enjoyed it.”

This support is available for children and families living in North Kensington who go to the following schools: Ark Brunel, Avondale Park, Colville, Oxford Gardens, St Charles, All Saints, Holland Park and KAA. If you would like to discuss the possibility of receiving this support or are interested in finding out more, please contact earlyhelp@rbkc.gov.uk.

The programme is also providing specialist education-based advice and advocacy for children and families in North Kensington. Funded through the school inclusion pilot, this service will be delivered by Clement James and Coram and will be rolled out by the end of March 2022.

If you would like more information about this part of the programme, please contact Hannah Starr at hannahs@clementjames.org