The Kids Network partner with primary schools to support children during a crucial stage in their lives in the lead up to their transition into secondary school.
With large classroom sizes and complex home lives, we know that not all children get that one to one support they need. Our programme has a significant impact on attainment, attendance and social emotional development.
How does it work?
We connect each child on our programme with a volunteer professional mentor. They hold weekly sessions, outside school hours often on weekends over the course of one year. Sessions are child led and goal orientated, designed to build confidence, resilience and tools to manage feelings.
Volunteer mentors go through a thorough rigorous recruitment process, two days of training and receive on-going support from The Kids Network.
The Kids Network holds regular face to face catch ups with lead school staff members to ensure quality and track progress.
The welfare officer at one of partner schools, Laycock Primary School in Islington, said:
“Laycock Primary are extremely lucky and so grateful for the support our children have had from The Kids Network. We have already seen the difference it’s made in the children’s confidence levels, their ability to communicate and manage feelings. This experience will help them settle better into secondary school. Sarah and Carole’s support has been amazing and we wouldn’t be able to support these children in this way without them. The Kids Network plays such a big pastoral role at Laycock.
The Kids Network is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of the children we work with. We have a zero tolerance approach to any harm or exploitation of a child by any of our staff, volunteers, partners or Trustees.
We ask all mentors to provide two references after the application. We will provide thorough safeguarding and child protection training to all volunteer mentors and process Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for all successful mentors.
The Kids Network holds safeguarding in the highest regard and we have this culture embedded across our processes and practises. Read our safeguarding policy here.