Hayley has a keen interest in trauma and how early intervention can support children and young people. After teaching in primary schools in inner-city…
Hayley has a keen interest in trauma and how early intervention can support children and young people. After teaching in primary schools in inner-city Birmingham and areas of the Black Country, Hayley spent time working with the National Probation Service and supporting children and young people at Black Country Women’s Aid.
Working with young people really puts the fire is Hayley’s belly and at the VRP she is the Education Delivery Manager.
Hayley frequently travels to The Gambia to support schools and children in poverty. On a Monday morning, Hayley will probably be rather quiet after another weekend of watching Aston Villa lose!
If you would like to contact Hayley, please email [email protected]
Lea-Ann at her core is a youth worker with some 20’s years’ experience in a variety of education, secular and faith based settings across the West…
Lea-Ann at her core is a youth worker with some 20’s years’ experience in a variety of education, secular and faith based settings across the West Midlands and beyond. With a back ground in the performing Arts she has an interest in the application of theatre and creative expression as way of dealing with trauma and promoting well-being.
She spent three years working in New York City (a topic she happily drops in to conversation given the opportunity) with men recovering from substance misuse before returning to the UK to continue her work with young people and families.
Over the last 5 years she specialised in Domestic Abuse with Black Country Women’s Aid as an advocate for children who have experienced abuse. She is a passionate advocate for the voices and lived experience of children and young people to be at the heart of the work and decision making.
If you would like to contact Lea-Ann, please email [email protected]
There are over 1,233 primary and secondary schools and hundreds of alternative education settings, further education and training providers across the West Midlands. It means the education sector is engaged with thousands of children, young people and families, fostering a passion for learning and high aspirations.
We know all children and young people have different levels of need and we want to focus our efforts on ensuring those with additional and different needs, receive the right support at the right time.
Our commitment is to support and enable those working in the education, training and employment sector to join together in their approach to learning, creating positive outcomes for all.
We will be engaging with teachers, school leadership teams, governors, OFSTED, the Department for Education and other key partners to ensure all children and young people have opportunities to thrive and achieve.
In practical terms this means we work with schools to:
- Support the training and development of education staff to foster a whole school, Trauma Informed, approach to children and young people.
- Deliver workshops in schools to challenge counternarratives to violence and allow pupils to explore decisions and their potential impact.
- Provide opportunities to link into local, community-based activity to offer children and young people a range of activities.
- Support response to individual incidences of youth violence, offering intervention and training to staff and pupils.
- Link the support offered by schools, partners and communities to ensure all children get the support and opportunity they need to fulfil their potential and stay in mainstream education.
- Bring together experts within education so they can share, develop and influence educational approaches that support social, emotional and mental health of young people at risk or affected by violence.