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Girl of 11 years talking about the structure of the programme and then the points & levels reinforcement system:
“How great it is to know what people want me to do”
“On level 1 points are given every day…every day is like Christmas Day!”
Team Leader talking about the step by step approach of the programme:
”We are seeing change day by day, week by week. We focus on one tiny goal to make a big difference…”
Boy of 12 years, with previous gang membership talking about his break from negative peers is helping him:
“I have made new friends in the community. I have come on a long way”
Girl of 14 years, talking about the input from the Birth Family Coach and then her mum commenting on how this has helped the re-unification process:
“The BFC took me, my mum and brother on a day out to get to know each other again”
The girl’s mum:
“We have gone through an amazing transformation. I have no doubt that without the programme my family would have completely collapsed.”
A Respite Carer talking about the way they target behaviours:
“Every week we focus on one target. It makes a difference. Their social skills are improved and they are motivated. The first child we had is now confident in going to a barbers, going into a shop to ask for what he wants.”
Girl of 13 years with learning difficulties who wants other young people to know that the programme has been a good experience for her:
“Come on and try it out. If you like it say it, because I love it here!”
Boy of 15 years, from a youth justice setting – had his first placement at the site disrupted, was moved to another placement on the programme – is now doing very well:
“It is hard to start with…I am nicer to people and I don’t smoke anymore. Being on the programme has stopped me going to a Young Offenders [institute] and that would wreck my life. Hopefully I can get my own house and car. Since being on the programme, I am in school and on a college course”
Boy of 13 years. Eventually went off the programme with his original TFCO carer after his follow on plan fell through:
“I got a Head Teacher’s award for the most improved pupil in maths and literacy!”