Children and young people are clearly influenced by the environments in which they live, work and play. It makes little sense to focus interventions on the child or young person without giving due regard to the external systems that impact on emotional well-being, behaviour and learning capacity. Community Psychology provides the vital bridge between these systems where, through early intervention and preventative work with families, schools can make a real difference to the life chances of children and young people.
We believe that schools are central to their communities and our service packages are designed to allow us to provide holistic support to the wider community around the child or young person (i.e. the home, school and social environments). We will engage with, support and advise other professionals involved with the children, young people and the families we are working with. We believe that communities benefit the most when schools serving the same or neighbouring localities work in partnership in order to provide children, young people and families with a consistent, planned and joined up approach to psychological services. To this end, we encourage groups of schools to come together to gain the most out of our approach.
All schools in a group benefit from a cohesive and co-ordinated strategy and a strengthening of inter-school ties. Joint training, common intervention approaches and the active cross-fertilisation of applied psychology all combine to enhance well-being and raise learning potential across the group.