In a child's life, the early years are the most crucial. As a company, we want to create an environment that not only values and encourages a child's own uniqueness, but also help them to grow emotionally and socially. By starting with the family environment, we try to find the deep-rooted issues that are affecting the child and work to form building blocks. These building blocks help strengthen the child's interests, curiosities and propel them into a more positive outlook.
Although we help each family explore their own specific dynamics, we also work closely alongside the South Broxtowe Schools Behaviour and Attendance Partnership (SBAP), SENCOs, Headteachers, as well as a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). By working with these services, we ensure the best up-to-date practices are done at all times.
Our mission is to be able to help any child that requires it within Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Please help us achieve our mission by working directly with us and also recommending our service to other schools.
Here at PAS, we understand the issues children are facing every day. We want to support those where we can, in all aspects of life. Some of the biggest factors affecting children are:
Family Support - Around 1 in 10 children habitually argue with their parents and 1 in 6 don't feel supported by their family*
Bullying - 1 in 20 children aged 10-11 are bullied multiple times a week and are 19x more likely to develop mental health difficulties by the age of 14*
Cyberbullying - 11 to 19-year-olds with a mental disorder were more than twice as likely as those without a disorder to have been cyberbullied in the past year**
Substance Abuse - 11 to 16-year-olds with a disorder were three times more likely to have tried a cigarette**
Appearance - Children aged 10-11 felt unhappy about their appearance and have an increased risk of developing mental health difficulties in later years*. This was more common in girls
Engagement with School - Lots of children find the transition from secondary to primary education difficult. Children who are unhappy with school at age 10-11 are more likely to have peer relationships at age 14-15*
*News. (2021). Retrieved 21 October 2021, from https://www.barnardos.org.uk/news
**Mental Health of Children and Young People in England. (2018). [Ebook]. Retrieved from https://files.digital.nhs.uk/F6/A5706C/MHCYP%202017%20Summary.pdf
We know that in recent years, funding for early intervention services has been drastically cut. Between the years 2011 and 2015, local funding for schools has been cut by almost 40%. As a company that puts a child's wellbeing first, we will always make sure a plan is in place that can not only benefit the child and parents, but also the school. The custom plan will allow schools to use our service, without worrying about the cost.
Work with families whose children do not meet the threshold of social care services. Undertake home visits during school holidays including out of hours/weekend visits to support more vulnerable families.
School Attendance Team
Improve school attendance by supporting morning and bedtime routines at home. Our goal is to improve referred children's attendance within 12 weeks using a sustainable long-term plan.
Behaviour Management Team
Experienced and qualified behavioural therapists manage challenging behaviours in children. Work with family and child using an approach to support behavioural change.
Admin – Taking all phone calls, the administration team supports the wider team and handles each case with care and discretion, ensuring all information is confidential.
Support Staff – Primarily working with children and families, both in schools and homes, the support staff apply a therapeutic approach to help create behaviour plans and goals (with incentives) to better the child’s attendance and behaviour and improve home life.
Marketing Team – Through the art of collaboration, the marketing and sales team help share and promote Plant A Seed’s core message within schools in the area of Greater Nottingham, and beyond.
Collectively, the team at PAS - Plant A Seed works tirelessly to create nicer home and school environments for children, improve child behaviours, and offer parental support.
David works as a headteacher in a local school. He noticed a child acting out and struggling, which was very strange considering this child was normally quiet. After investigating further, there were issues at home and PAS got involved and help turn things around.
*names have been changed to protect the identity of these individuals
Natalie struggled most of her life with alcohol problems. Her son Charlie, who was only 7, was often neglected and hurt in the process. PAS intervened to help safeguard Charlie, as well as placing Natalie on an alcohol reduction plan.
Molly is a SEN teacher who works with a wide variety of children with challenging behaviours and often notices reoccurring patterns in one individual. She referred the child to PAS and they did multiple visits to the home and noticed problems instantly.