My role is entirely funded by the Freemasons’ Grand Charity, which supports charities such as Kids, which have to seek out funding streams from different avenues. I really enjoy my job but obviously there are challenges – and one of the biggest is that the demand for our service is immense. With so many cutbacks there is no shortage of families who want our help. If we didn’t help them I don’t know who would. Some of the children on my caseload have emotional and behavioural difficulties and don’t attend school. Those who do have a low attendance rates or are at risk of fixed term or permanent exclusion from school or college. Once I start working with a family I often have to work hard to gain their trust; I have to persuade them to trust me. Some families may have experienced domestic violence, health problems, or family tensions and don’t know how to cope with very challenging behaviour. Sometimes explaining Kids’ remit to other professionals can take time and patience.
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