“Theatre Troupe offers a unique and safe space for children and adolescents to forget about their labels, to freely be themselves and make relationships with other people.” (CAMHS psychiatrist, 2018)
“I truly admire your work” (Social worker, 2021)
For our community projects, we welcome referrals from any professional working with a young person who might be described as having acute, complex and severe mental distress as a result of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We also welcome self-referrals or referrals from parents and carers. In these instances, we would ask for a professional in a child’s life to give us background information or, where this is not possible, our therapist will make an assessment.
ACE’s include (but are not limited to):
- Abuse and/or neglect in the family home
- Exposure to domestic violence
- Parental/carer illness
- Bullying, including racism, homophobia and that associated with being neuro-diverse
- Severe poverty, homelessness, inadequate housing
- Conflict and displacement (young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants)
We define ‘acute, complex and/or severe’ as mental health, social or behavioural problems that interfere in a child’s daily functioning. This includes:
- Behavioural problems such as persistent disruption, outbursts, mood swings, impulsivity, withdrawal, and aggression
- Anxiety disorder
- Recent or historical incidents of self-harm, suicidal ideation or attempted suicide
- Disassociation and psychotic experiences.
We provide transport to and from school/home for every young person who requires it as long as they fall into the catchment area for the project.
We are currently recruiting for Southwark Youth Troupe (SYT) which will begin in October 2021. SYT is open to anyone who lives, studies or receives support in the London Borough of Southwark.
We have 15 places in our Junior Troupe (Years 6-8) and 15 places in our Senior Troupe (Years 9-13).
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about referring a young person.