Supporting Young People’s Wellbeing & Mental Health
At Kibble, we’re committed to nurturing young people’s wellbeing in a holistic, rounded way. To give young people the best start in life, they must be:
These are known as the 8 SHANARRI indicators, and they inform all aspects of our work at Kibble. All 8 are needed if a young person is to reach their full potential, and we use them to assess where they might need extra help and support and to measure their outcomes.
Supporting Young People’s Mental & Physical Health
At Kibble we offer a holistic model of care that considers the emotional and psychological well-being of a young person to be as important as their physical health.
Anxiety, anger, emotional instability, self-harm and psychological trauma can affect just about anyone, but evidence suggests that care-experienced young people experience these at much higher rates. Poor mental and emotional wellbeing can have a huge impact on the life prospects of young people, and our Specialist Intervention Service is designed to address this. It offers a range of innovative psychological interventions, including DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Art Therapy and Counselling that can help young people to deal with emotional regulation and anger management, or to deal with traumas in their lives.
When young people are referred to Kibble, they’ll have an initial health assessment to identify any physical, medical or psychological needs they might have and to develop a plan to address them. At the Kibble Open School campus in Paisley, we ensure that young people enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle and diet. There is a Looked After Care (LAC) nurse based on campus to offer health advice and support where needed. We also have fully qualified first aiders on hand at all times to deal with accidents and minor injuries.
At Kibble we discourage smoking and offer smoking cessation classes to all of our young people. Smoking isn’t permitted on the grounds of the Kibble campus in Paisley, and this applies to all our staff and volunteers as well as young people.
Sport and recreation are an important part of our curriculum, as well as being essential to a healthy lifestyle. The Kibble campus has football pitches, basketball courts, a gym, skate park and other facilities to help young people stay fit and keep healthy. We also run a number of different programmes and workshops throughout the year on everything from yoga to parkour.
Developing Young People’s Life Skills
Care-experienced young people, like all young people, need self-esteem and confidence if they’re to go out and face the world as adults. Every day we’re working to help young people develop the practical, social and emotional skills that will empower them to live independent, fulfilled adult lives.
The road to an independent adult life is different for every young person, and Kibble staff will work with young people to develop a care plan that allows for varying degrees of independence, as and when they’re ready for it. From managing money, to preparing for exams, choosing a career or dealing with friends and relationships, we’ll be there to help young people navigate the trickier parts of growing up. There’s also a host of great resources on life skills online:
- Become is a Charity for children in care and young care leavers, and their site is full of useful advice on money, education, health and wellbeing. Give their advice line a call for free on 0800 0232033 or visit their website.
- YoungScot is a charity providing information and opportunities for young people aged 11-26 in Scotland, with articles on everything from how to open a bank account to how to negotiate with your parents or carers.
- Childline have an extensive range of tips, ideas and inspiration to help you feel more in control of your life, whatever’s on your mind.