Reconstruct UK

ADVOCACY

Available as a contracted service or on an ad-hoc basis, we offer a variety of Advocacy services for all children who are looked after or are care leavers. Our support services cover looked after children and child protection advocacy to ensure children and young people’s support needs are met, no matter their circumstances. Our services include:

CHILD LOOKED AFTER ADVOCACY:

  • Children, foster carers, social workers, birth family or other professionals can refer a young person to our service.
  • Advocates support children around their meetings – looked after reviews, PEPs, risk of placement breakdown meetings etc.
  • Advocates support young people to have their wishes and feelings heard.
  • Advocates support informal problem solving and help prevent concerns turning into complaints.
  • All young people wishing to make a complaint can be referred to the service and offered an advocate.
  • All young can be offered an advocate if they are not participating or attending their LAC Reviews.
  • Our advocates will strive to empower young people to make better decisions by listening and responding to children.

CHILD PROTECTION ADVOCACY:

  • We make this service available to all children aged 10 or over, subject to an initial child protection conference.
  • Children under 10 can also be offered the service at the Chair’s discretion.
  • Younger siblings of a child 10 or over who has an advocate can also have an advocate if they wish.
  • If the child or chair requests a service for review conferences this will also be offered.
  • Our advocates can support children to attend their conferences, to send in their wishes and feelings or to have their advocate attend on their behalf.
  • Our advocates will also speak to them after the conference and feedback.
  • Referrals to this service are made through the safeguarding admin teams or directly from CP Chairs.
  • The note takers receive copies of children’s views and feelings report (with their permission) to go on the child’s file.
  • Reconstruct will send copies of any completed feedback forms from children to the notetakers for the child’s file.

If you would like to make a referral for one of the below services and the child or young person is from the following Local Authorities, please visit

ADVOCACY

Available as a contracted service or on an ad-hoc basis, we offer a variety of Advocacy services for all children who are looked after or are care leavers. Our support services cover looked after children and child protection advocacy to ensure children and young people’s support needs are met, no matter their circumstances. Our services include:

CHILD LOOKED AFTER ADVOCACY:

  • Children, foster carers, social workers, birth family or other professionals can refer a young person to our service.
  • Advocates support children around their meetings – looked after reviews, PEPs, risk of placement breakdown meetings etc.
  • Advocates support young people to have their wishes and feelings heard.
  • Advocates support informal problem solving and help prevent concerns turning into complaints.
  • All young people wishing to make a complaint can be referred to the service and offered an advocate.
  • All young can be offered an advocate if they are not participating or attending their LAC Reviews.
  • Our advocates will strive to empower young people to make better decisions by listening and responding to children.

CHILD PROTECTION ADVOCACY:

  • We make this service available to all children aged 10 or over, subject to an initial child protection conference.
  • Children under 10 can also be offered the service at the Chair’s discretion.
  • Younger siblings of a child 10 or over who has an advocate can also have an advocate if they wish.
  • If the child or chair requests a service for review conferences this will also be offered.
  • Our advocates can support children to attend their conferences, to send in their wishes and feelings or to have their advocate attend on their behalf.
  • Our advocates will also speak to them after the conference and feedback.
  • Referrals to this service are made through the safeguarding admin teams or directly from CP Chairs.
  • The note takers receive copies of children’s views and feelings report (with their permission) to go on the child’s file.
  • Reconstruct will send copies of any completed feedback forms from children to the notetakers for the child’s file.

If you would like to make a referral for one of the below services and the child or young person is from the following Local Authorities, please visit

INDEPENDENT VISITING

We are a leading provider of independent visiting for looked after children and young people across the UK. We offer young people within the care of a local authority the opportunity to build a long term, trusting, one to one relationship with a reliable, committed adult role model.

What our Independent Visitors do:

BEFRIEND: Visit a child on a regular basis, usually once a month, to befriend them.

ADVISE: Provide Looked After Children with someone to talk to who is independent of the local authority.

SUPPORT: Provide a consistent and reliable adult with a view to building a trusting and positive relationship with the child.

DEVELOP: Provide a child with the opportunity to try new activities and spend time away from their placement.

WE WORK IN A CHILD-CENTRED WAY AND WILL ADAPT OUR SERVICE TO MEET THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF THE CHILD, INCLUDING:

We make this service available to all children aged 10 or over, subject to an initial child protection conference.

  • Children, carers and professionals can make a referral.
  • Visitors are independent from social services.
  • Activities during visits can range from going out for food, to the cinema, playing sport, to arts and crafts.
  • Young people in care have many changes but they can have the same visitor until they turn 18.
  • Young people tell us that having a visitor is a rewarding and positive experience that has benefitted them in many ways.

If you are part of Brighter Futures for Children, Bristol, Milton Keynes, South Gloucestershire, we are your provider.  Please contact us on 0800 3891 571 or visit your local portal below to make a referral (click for the link):

INDEPENDENT VISITING

We are a leading provider of independent visiting for looked after children and young people across the UK. We offer young people within the care of a local authority the opportunity to build a long term, trusting, one to one relationship with a reliable, committed adult role model.

What our Independent Visitors do:

BEFRIEND: Visit a child on a regular basis, usually once a month, to befriend them.

ADVISE: Provide Looked After Children with someone to talk to who is independent of the local authority.

SUPPORT: Provide a consistent and reliable adult with a view to building a trusting and positive relationship with the child.

DEVELOP: Provide a child with the opportunity to try new activities and spend time away from their placement.

WE WORK IN A CHILD-CENTRED WAY AND WILL ADAPT OUR SERVICE TO MEET THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF THE CHILD, INCLUDING:

We make this service available to all children aged 10 or over, subject to an initial child protection conference.

  • Children, carers and professionals can make a referral.
  • Visitors are independent from social services.
  • Activities during visits can range from going out for food, to the cinema, playing sport, to arts and crafts.
  • Young people in care have many changes but they can have the same visitor until they turn 18.
  • Young people tell us that having a visitor is a rewarding and positive experience that has benefitted them in many ways.

If you are part of Brighter Futures for Children, Bristol, Milton Keynes, South Gloucestershire, we are your provider.  Please contact us on 0800 3891 571 or visit your local portal below to make a referral (click for the link):

mentoring

Transitioning out of care and into independence can present a number of challenges – from financial and next steps, whether that be work or education, through to social, emotional and much more.

Our Mentors support care leaver in developing their confidence and skills required to live independently, and if required, can advocate on their behalf at meetings or appointments.

Our service is available in six monthly blocks at a fixed price per young person.

Our mentoring services include:

  • One-to-one young-person-centred mentoring for 17-24-year-old young people.
  • Mentors work with young people to build self-confidence, resilience, independence and life skills. Young people are supported out of NEET.
  • Young people have access to drop-in peer support sessions and access to a Freephone helpline.
  • We will work with local authority and partnership agencies to sign post and enable young people to engage with appropriate services.
  • We will work with you but maintain our independence to achieve better outcomes for your care leavers.

mentoring

Transitioning out of care and into independence can present a number of challenges – financial, social and employment to name a few.

Our mentors support care leavers in developing their confidence and skills required to live independently, and if required, can advocate on their behalf at meetings or appointments.

Our mentoring services include:

  • One-to-one young-person-centred mentoring for 18-25 year-old care leavers.
  • Working with mentees to build self-confidence, resilience, independence and life skills.
  • Supporting mentees to work towards their own goals.
  • Access to drop-in peer support sessions and access to a Freephone helpline.
  • Working with local authorities and partnership agencies to signpost and enable young people to engage with appropriate services.
  • A level of independence to achieve better outcomes for care leavers.

participation

Our Participation Services are designed to ensure that the collective voices of children and young people in care are used to inform the design, delivery and evaluation of services to children in care and care leavers of the Authority and partner agencies.

We involve children and young people in the design, delivery and implementation of services which affect and impact their lives, helping them in playing an important role to ensure better outcomes for their future. Our teams support conversations between children who are in care and those who provide services via dedicated children in care councils, as well as forums and panels.

Our service is available in six monthly blocks at a fixed price per young person.

Our participation services include:

  • Work alongside partners in promoting young people’s active participation at a regional and national level;
  • Convene monthly meetings of the CiC Council;
  • Promote primary school aged children in care;
  • Provide consultancy support to the continued development of participation amongst care leavers;
  • Ensure that a young person is supported to represent the children in care and care leaver population at each Corporate Parenting Panel meeting and for the Provider to attend themselves, engaging with the wider group of elected members as requested;
  • Prepare and support a wide group of children in care and care leavers to contribute to interview panels, staff training, inspections and development of time limited projects.

participation

Our Participation Services are designed to ensure that the collective voices of children and young people in care are used to inform the design, delivery and evaluation of services to children in care and care leavers of the Authority and partner agencies.

We involve children and young people in the design, delivery and implementation of services which affect and impact their lives, helping them in playing an important role to ensure better outcomes for their future. Our teams support conversations between children who are in care and those who provide services via dedicated children in care councils, as well as forums and panels.

Our service is available in six monthly blocks at a fixed price per young person.

Our participation services include:

  • Work alongside partners in promoting young people’s active participation at a regional and national level;
  • Convene monthly meetings of the CiC Council;
  • Promote primary school aged children in care;
  • Provide consultancy support to the continued development of participation amongst care leavers;
  • Ensure that a young person is supported to represent the children in care and care leaver population at each Corporate Parenting Panel meeting and for the Provider to attend themselves, engaging with the wider group of elected members as requested;
  • Prepare and support a wide group of children in care and care leavers to contribute to interview panels, staff training, inspections and development of time limited projects.

Visiting advocacy

Our Visiting Advocacy Service helps Residential Schools and Children’s Homes to keep children and young adults safe and support their well-being. We can help you listen to children and young people, identify concerns, and improve your provision.

Our team of Independent Advocates, Coordinators and Managers of the service, have all had experience of working within a regulated service as well as direct one to one work with children and young people receiving services. We follow Safer Recruitment Practice and provide robust and supportive initial and ongoing checks, training, and support for all team members.

  • The child/young person’s views and wishes will be the focus of all visits and advocates will ensure their voice is heard in decisions that are being made about their lives.
  • Advocates will be trained by Reconstruct but will also take part in the settings training where appropriate and will learn and adhere to any Behaviour Management Strategies in place.
  • The welfare of the child/young person will be central to the role. We will adhere to Safeguarding Policy & Procedures at all times.
  • The setting will be available to support advocates and provide any relevant information during visits.
  • Children who are 2 to 1 will have relevant keyworker with them as appropriate in all advocacy sessions.
  • Regular and convenient time slots would be pre-arranged so that visits will fit around the children/young people and their routines.
  • To enable us to offer consistent advocacy support, the named advocates will work flexibly to cover for sick leave, holidays and one to one casework.
  • Frequency of visits will be one working day per month. Dates will be planned and agreed with the setting in advance. Duration of the visit will be dependent on the children/young people’s engagement and capacity at the time.
  • Advocates will slowly build trust and relationships by learning and respecting the communication methods, routines and boundaries of each individual child and young person over time. Advocates do this sensitively by observing and where possible, speaking with the child/young person and significant others, people who live, work and are connected to their school and home.
  • The focus would be on each child/young person’s voice and care journey, ensuring their lived experience is a safe and happy one.
  • Children and young people who are able and who wish to, should have a say in how the service is delivered and feedback from children/young people and professionals will be regularly sought with the support of the settings staff.
  • Children and young people can be supported individually to get their voices heard when they are unhappy about something, when they have a meeting or when decisions are being made that affect them. A separate referral needs to request for an individual if they require an Advocate.
  • Where appropriate, and where a child’s input into significant life decisions is needed but they have little or no understanding, we will use a model of Non-Instructed Advocacy which will involve observations of their safety, happiness and well-being, culture and behaviour, relationships, education and enrichment/social activities.
  • All visits would be recorded, and an overview would be provided for your records through the visiting advocates feedback forms. This information can be used for Ofsted.

Visiting advocacy

Our Visiting Advocacy Service helps Residential Schools and Children’s Homes to keep children and young adults safe and support their well-being. We can help you listen to children and young people, identify concerns, and improve your provision.

Our team of Independent Advocates, Coordinators and Managers of the service, have all had experience of working within a regulated service as well as direct one to one work with children and young people receiving services. We follow Safer Recruitment Practice and provide robust and supportive initial and ongoing checks, training, and support for all team members.

  • The child/young person’s views and wishes will be the focus of all visits and advocates will ensure their voice is heard in decisions that are being made about their lives.
  • Advocates will be trained by Reconstruct but will also take part in the settings training where appropriate and will learn and adhere to any Behaviour Management Strategies in place.
  • The welfare of the child/young person will be central to the role. We will adhere to Safeguarding Policy & Procedures at all times.
  • The setting will be available to support advocates and provide any relevant information during visits.
  • Children who are 2 to 1 will have relevant keyworker with them as appropriate in all advocacy sessions.
  • Regular and convenient time slots would be pre-arranged so that visits will fit around the children/young people and their routines.
  • To enable us to offer consistent advocacy support, the named advocates will work flexibly to cover for sick leave, holidays and one to one casework.
  • Frequency of visits will be one working day per month. Dates will be planned and agreed with the setting in advance. Duration of the visit will be dependent on the children/young people’s engagement and capacity at the time.
  • Advocates will slowly build trust and relationships by learning and respecting the communication methods, routines and boundaries of each individual child and young person over time. Advocates do this sensitively by observing and where possible, speaking with the child/young person and significant others, people who live, work and are connected to their school and home.
  • The focus would be on each child/young person’s voice and care journey, ensuring their lived experience is a safe and happy one.
  • Children and young people who are able and who wish to, should have a say in how the service is delivered and feedback from children/young people and professionals will be regularly sought with the support of the settings staff.
  • Children and young people can be supported individually to get their voices heard when they are unhappy about something, when they have a meeting or when decisions are being made that affect them. A separate referral needs to request for an individual if they require an Advocate.
  • Where appropriate, and where a child’s input into significant life decisions is needed but they have little or no understanding, we will use a model of Non-Instructed Advocacy which will involve observations of their safety, happiness and well-being, culture and behaviour, relationships, education and enrichment/social activities.
  • All visits would be recorded, and an overview would be provided for your records through the visiting advocates feedback forms. This information can be used for Ofsted.

Return Home Interviews

A return home interview provides an opportunity for a young person to explain why they went missing. The purpose of the interview is to gather information about the child’s life with a holistic perspective to identify reasons for running or going missing and to discuss what needs to be put in place to prevent them from going missing again.

The interview will help understand and address:

  • The reasons why the young person has run away/went missing
  • It can identify harm
  • Help the child feel safe
  • Provide them with information on how to stay safe and
  • Allow professionals to identify actions to help them

This is important to determine if the young person has been at risk during the time they were missing or are vulnerable to harm in any way. Return home interviews help us to identify any support young people might need to help keep them or others safe.

Following a return home interview, it is best practice to give feedback to another relevant practitioner (school safeguarding staff, social worker etc.) or a parent or carer depending on what has been discussed.

If safeguarding concerns are identified, they will be communicated to an already allocated social worker. In addition, and if appropriate, information will be shared with the police and/or other agencies.

If additional support for the young person is needed, a conversation will be held with someone already working with them in order to facilitate this. This could be staff at school or college, a social worker, an early help practitioner or a youth justice worker.

It is usually more appropriate for this work to be carried out by those with a more holistic and comprehensive understanding of the needs of the young person and their family. However, the return home interview service will also make referrals wherever necessary.

Return Home Interviews

A return home interview provides an opportunity for a young person to explain why they went missing. The purpose of the interview is to gather information about the child’s life with a holistic perspective to identify reasons for running or going missing and to discuss what needs to be put in place to prevent them from going missing again.

The interview will help understand and address:

  • The reasons why the young person has run away/went missing
  • It can identify harm
  • Help the child feel safe
  • Provide them with information on how to stay safe and
  • Allow professionals to identify actions to help them

This is important to determine if the young person has been at risk during the time they were missing or are vulnerable to harm in any way. Return home interviews help us to identify any support young people might need to help keep them or others safe.

Following a return home interview, it is best practice to give feedback to another relevant practitioner (school safeguarding staff, social worker etc.) or a parent or carer depending on what has been discussed.

If safeguarding concerns are identified, they will be communicated to an already allocated social worker. In addition, and if appropriate, information will be shared with the police and/or other agencies.

If additional support for the young person is needed, a conversation will be held with someone already working with them in order to facilitate this. This could be staff at school or college, a social worker, an early help practitioner or a youth justice worker.

It is usually more appropriate for this work to be carried out by those with a more holistic and comprehensive understanding of the needs of the young person and their family. However, the return home interview service will also make referrals wherever necessary.