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The journey from child to adult is filled with obstacles and problems to overcome. For many people, these challenges are what can shape them into a successful well-adjusted member of society. But for others, barriers exist that can halt or slow their progress. DISC’s children's services exist to assist children in overcoming these obstacles, helping them to thrive and fulfil their potential. Our programmes centre on developing individual coping skills, providing ongoing support and specialist interventions.
For 26 years DISC has provided many vulnerable children and young people with a high-level of support. We are known for our ability to reach out and work with the children and young people thought to be the hardest to reach, achieving successful outcomes where other services have failed.
DISC promotes choice; individuals interacting with our services make their own decisions, allowing us to put a strong focus on their needs. Our services, including one-to-one support, peer education and group-work adapt to the needs of each child and young person we work with.
We are currently providing a provision for:-
- Young Carers (those who have the responsibility of caring for another)
- NEETs (16-18 year olds Not in Employment Education or Training)
- Young Offenders or those involved in/at risk of involvement in Antisocial Behaviour
- Involved in/risk of involvement in Substance Misuse
- Affected by parental substance misuse
- Subject to domestic violence
- Learning Disabilities
- Homeless/at risk of homelessness
23% of Sunderland’s children live in families on out of work benefits and are at risk of poverty
DISC provides practical financial advice to families, ensuring they understand their rights and can identify threats to their housing situation in advance, so that homelessness can be avoided.