C&K Careers supports young people to move on with confidence
S attended a local mainstream high school:
- He had severe anxiety and mental health issues.
- His home situation was difficult. His father has ongoing mental health problems and spends frequent periods in hospital, leaving his Mum on her own.
- S has attempted suicide in the past. He was hospitalised and kept under surveillance for a while. He has a CAMHS worker.
- S has never participated in lessons in school. He attended with difficulty and had to be taught one-to-one by a teacher in the library.
- School staff told the Careers Adviser that they doubted he would engage in anything.
The careers adviser had a number of meetings with S during Year 11 to build a relationship, gain his trust and identify the support he would need to make a successful transition to post 16 learning. The adviser:
- Discussed S’s needs with the additional support team from the local college and also arranged for him to be interviewed and assessed in school.
- Arranged for S to have several meetings in school with college staff and went with him on a visit to college.
- Organised for S to attend the Skills for Working Life summer school and again went with him on the first day.
- Made a request to the council for transport funding and negotiated for S to have a separate taxi as he was anxious about travelling in a mini bus with strangers.
- Helped S with summer school attendance and enrolment, as well as with applying for the learner bursary fund.
S has made a successful transition to college. The careers adviser, S's one-to-one key worker and many college staff have played their part. Since starting S:
- Attended all the summer school and all lessons.
- He even went on a picnic to the park with his class mates (unthinkable when at school).
S hopes that he will successfully complete the course, as he knows this will be a major achievement.