Birmingham Education Engagement Service

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If you're looking for the next steps, we're here to help

We support children to engage or re-engage in education. Our service is free and confidential. We support people aged 10-18 to find the right education opportunities for them and help them to achieve their goals. 

Our aim is to support children to flourish at school and raise their aspirations for their future. We support children to make positive choices and step away from criminal activity. 

We are based at youth offending team hubs around Birmingham. These include the North West, North East, South East and South West youth offending teams

You can also find us working across the city:  in families’ homes, schools, training providers or even in music studios, cafes and parks. We work wherever our children feel most comfortable.   

How we can help

Our Education Engagement Mentors build great rapport with children by being down to earth, creating trusting relationships, and improving self-esteem.  

Our sessions include: 

  • One-to-one support: co-produced assessments and action plans to ensure child-centred planning 

  • Mentoring: developing social skills; addressing any blocks children might be facing in accessing education 

  • Advocating for children’s needs in educational contexts (e.g. at Permanent Exclusion Panel Meetings) 

  • Accessing developmental opportunities (e.g. music studio, boxing sessions, cookery skills). 

  • Working with families and carers 

  • Working alongside other professionals  

  • Providing support in schools (e.g. during breaks) 

  • Practical support such as travel training and practice runs to improve confidence on public transport 

  • Interventions: functional skills development (e.g. staff are trained to deliver BKSB functional skills assessment) 

  • Group workshops reflecting lead specialisms (e.g. motivation); Foundations Programmes with modules chosen/delivered to meet individual needs (e.g. offending triggers, thinking behaviour cycles, self-compassion) 

  • Group Activities: We carry out group activities during school holidays to develop positive peer networks, improve communication skills, increase self-esteem, and reduce re-offending. Current activities include boxing and football sessions. 

Contact Us

Call: 07836 516697  Michelle Elliott

Email: [email protected] 

Opening Times

  • Monday 9:00 -17:00
  • Tuesday 9:00- 17:00
  • Wednesday 9:00- 17:00
  • Thursday 9:00 - 17:00
  • Friday 9:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday - Closed
  • Sunday - Closed

Referrals

Who can make a referral? 

Professionals working within Birmingham Youth Offending Service can make a referral to the service. 

Eligibility for a referral 

We work with children aged 10-18, who are known to Birmingham Youth Offending Service, either on court orders or through their prevention offer. 

We work with children who are without a school place, have low school attendance or are struggling in their current education placement. 

All referrals are made in discussion with our Youth Offending Service Case Managers.

Please contact us for more details about the service and referral process.