We are a partnership of 49 schools from St Albans who are commissioned to support their children, young people and families across the district via a School Family Worker service. The focus is to work with the whole family holistically to deliver positive outcomes. The School Family Worker service is part of Hertfordshire's Families First Early Intervention strategy. This partnership is funded from school grants and directly from the Government.
In addition to our School Family Worker service, we offer a number of other services which include mentoring, counselling, behaviour support, parenting courses and workshops. These services are delivered in schools to pupils and are either funded by the school through our partnership service, or families can be referred to us directly and pay for these services privately. Prices are available on request.
Should your school wish to refer a family to our service, they should follow our referral process – see our ‘Referrals’ page.
Our additional services
Vista’s Counselling service is particularly beneficial for children and young people experiencing bereavement or separation, bullying, self-harm or relationship difficulties and problems at home.
St Albans Plus and Vista can provide a qualified Counsellor to support a child or young person aged between 5 and 19 years regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation. All Counsellors are quality assured by Vista and hold relevant qualifications. They are trained in Safeguarding and hold enhanced DBSs. Counsellors are members of BACP (their professional body), are BACP accredited and are experienced practitioners who follow the BACP ethical codes of practice and receive regular supervision.
The counselling sessions enable them to explore their feelings in a secure environment and enable them to move past their problems and build firm foundations for a secure future.
Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes, depending on the age of the child. The Counsellor regularly reviews the sessions to make sure that they are meeting the needs of the child or young person.
Mentoring and Emotional Support
Mentoring offers an experienced person for the child/young person to talk to where they can air their worries or concerns. Our Mentors are experienced in working with a variety of issues such as low self-esteem, eating disorders, family breakdown, friendships, bullying, anxiety, exam stress and issues around moving on to secondary school.
Each child or young person will receive a minimum of 6 sessions each lasting approximately 30-45 minutes. If further support is needed, Vista will signpost you and your child or young person to the right agency or service.
Vista’s Behaviour Support service offers interventions with individual students and small groups. These interventions support mental health such as anxiety issues, self-harm, self-esteem, building resilience, promoting emotional literacy, mindfulness. We address social skills and behavioural difficulties, anger management, transition, drug and alcohol issues.
We can carry out classroom observation, provide a full report including recommendations as well as attend meetings with the school and parents.
Vista and St Albans Plus have a number of support programmes that are available for small groups or individual students. A sample of these are:
- Drawing and Talking
- Protective Behaviours
- Penn Resilience