The real success of Wings Cumbria can be quiet success. We have a proven track record in helping children with troubled and disrupted pasts to settle, achieve at school and believe in their own self-worth.
An example of this is Ben. When he came to Wings Cumbria he had been diagnosed with attachment disorders. He was first referred to social services when not yet three years’ old before being taken into care. He was placed in many different settings and concerns continued to be raised during his time at primary school.
When he came to Wings Cumbria, he was like many of our students, showing poor concentration and disengaged with his education. He was disruptive, struggled with anger management, was very anxious and verbally and physically aggressive and assaulted staff.
Since coming to Wings Cumbria we have helped Ben with anger management, developing strategies alongside him to help cope and behave appropriately. There has been extensive work on helping Ben understanding the importance of staying safe, his self-esteem and self-worth, risk management and health promotion. Work carried out with young person:
The team worked with Ben particularly around attachments and appropriate relationships with adults and peers. Direct work was carried out with key workers, school nurse, GP and other outside agencies to make him aware of the risks.
We also worked with Ben to set targets for him to achieve and these achievements have been celebrated and a positive sense of self-worth strongly promoted both through the home and school. This work continues to be carried out to further improve the young person’s life chances.
We’re pleased to report that Ben now has some positive relationships with adults and there has been a reduction in the need for physical intervention. He’s achieving well at school with 100% attendance and there are no reported assaults on staff or other young people.
Ben is a valued member of the Young Person’s council and is regularly representing the school in sporting competitions as well as making good educational progress.
We look forward to seeing Ben continue to progress!