After 7 placement breakdowns in 5 years, Andrew* started his placement at Wings when he was 11.
- Andrew has maintained full attendance at school and recently completed Year 11, achieving qualifications in English, maths, art, photography, and PE
- He has developed positive relationships with staff and peers
- Increased his levels of responsibility and independence
- Andrew regularly volunteered at Donna’s Dream House. A charity for terminally ill children, completing maintenance jobs in their homes
- Represented the school at football, cross country and athletics
- Was part of the historic treble-winning football season in his last year, going the entire season unbeaten; Andrew received the Golden Boot award as top goal scorer
- Achieved accreditation in construction and catering from college
- Andrew was successful in gaining entry onto a plumbing course at a local college
Andrew was diagnosed with having attachment difficulties, severe trauma, emotional and behavioural issues, and moderate learning difficulties.
Andrew presented with a number of different behaviours including;
- Missing from care
- Reluctance to try anything new
- Completely disengaged from education with a school attendance below 20%.
- Had a desperate need to be in control
- Had a ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ response to most things.
- Verbally and physically aggressive and threatening towards adults and other young people.
- Inability to engage appropriately with his peers or develop a lasting friendship.
- Lack of conscience or remorse
Whilst at Wings, Andrew has been supported with:
- Re-engagement with education
- Achieving qualification in English, maths, art, photography, and PE
- Anger Management Strategies
- Staying Safe
- Self-esteem and self-worth
- Promoting appropriate and trusting relationships
- Risk Management
- Clinical Psychology and Educational Psychology
- Behaviour Management
- Emotional Self-management
We are extremely proud of Andrew and all he has achieved whilst he has been at Wings. It has been a pleasure to support Andrew with his transition to independent living, mainstream college, and part-time employment.
* Name has been changed to protect the anonymity of the young person.