Children, Young People & Families

We successfully engage families who feel excluded or find themselves facing complex challenges.

A Strong reputation

DISC has a strong reputation in successfully delivering support services for children, young people and families. We are regularly re-commissioned by funding services and local authorities because of our effectiveness in this area of work.


DISC offers risk and resilience support services to children and young people in a variety of areas of need such as: –

  • Young carers and young adult carers
  • Children and young people effected by parental substance misuse
  • Young people who are lesbian, gay bi-sexual or transgender
  • Young people who have queries or issues around their gender identity

We also provide wide ranging support to families through the delivery of our two  Family Intervention Projects (known as FIPs).

Psycho-social interventions

We use a variety of psycho-social intervention methods and models such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behaviour therapy and neuro-linguistic programming. And we have recently developed and implemented a new systemic families therapy model which is used across our services.

Roots to re-integration

These forms of intervention, together with an asset based approach to delivery, allow us to maximise the benefits of our service provision and provide our service users with increased empowerment, heightened self-esteem, strengthened coping mechanisms and routes to re-integrate with their peers and within their local communities.

National commissioners

Children, young people and families services are commissioned by national organisations such as Children in Need, The Big Lottery and Comic Relief as well as by local authorities.  We regularly work within partnership and consortium models to provide an holistic and more comprehensive service tailored to the individual needs of our service users.  In addition we also work in an asset based approach which draws upon the strengths, aspirations and social and emotional capital of both individuals and their communities to achieve long term resilience and outcomes.

A Strong reputation

Children, Young People & Families services here at DISC enjoy a strong reputation. We are known for working successfully with children, young people and families who are considered to be the hardest to reach. We put our service users first and take their views on board at all times.

DISC promotes choice – we make sure individuals have the opportunity to make their own decisions, allowing us to put a strong focus on their needs.

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  • 96% of families and young people supported reported improvements to their health and well-being
  • 99% of families and young people received support to access and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • 79% of families reported impovements to their family relationships, within our family intervention services

 

Related Case Study

Jo from the LGBT Team speaks about her work

"I'm Jo Dixon and I'm a project worker for the LGBT Team. I support young people aged 15 to 25 in County Durham around their sexuality or gender identity. I do a lot of family work, I run peer support groups, I've been into schools doing awareness raising sessions and training teachers and I absolutely love me job. I think it's nice that we always get positive feedback from the young people and it's amazing to know that you're doing… Read the full case study.