We support vulnerable children and their workers to develop strong and trusted relationships, improve emotional health and well-being, and to work together to transform services for children in need.
Peer Power staff have experience of these support services, resulting in accelerated empathy and engagement with this group of ‘hard to reach’ children and young people.
The children and young people that we engage with are some of the most socially excluded and unheard voices in our society.
For many reasons, these vulnerable young people can sometimes struggle to engage with services that exist to help them: children’s social care, justice, education, employment, and health services.
This means that vulnerable children and young people don’t get the help they need to improve their situations, they are not being kept safe, and public money is being lost on services struggling to reach and support them.
We believe that trusted, consistent relationships and the development of empathy are essential to children and young people’s development, in particular for those young people with experience of care/youth justice systems. These young people have very often experienced fractured or damaged relationships in the past with family, peers and with numerous professional workers.
It is our belief that systems designed to care for our children must work with due regard to children’s developmental needs and in a way that promotes their welfare, safety and emotional well-being. Without a trusted and empathic relationship in place, many interventions designed to support children in need will fail.
We believe the current systems designed to care for, or rehabilitate vulnerable children and young people are flawed, and that despite having some inspirational staff within them, they can take already damaged children on a journey that can contribute to further damage and trauma to the developing child, with more relationships broken and trust eroded. A system that:
We are committed to promoting observance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), a distinct set of rights and entitlements for children, and particularly in relation to children with experience of the care system and the youth justice system, whose rights are most often not realised.
Our Vision in that all children and young people are supported, understood, and able to contribute positively to society and their own future.
Peer Power Youth CIO is a charity registered in England and Wales, no 1167758