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New online game warning

October 20th, 2017

There has been reports recently of a highly concerning game called the ’48 hour challenge game’ that is circulating on Facebook.

The game encourages young people to go missing for 48 hours. The young people are also given points each time their report of being missing is reported on social media by the police or friends and family.

Children and young people account for around two-thirds of all missing cases. A 2010 report estimated that 140,000 people under the age of 18 go missing in the UK each year (The Home Office, 2010: 5)

Young people are placing themselves in a extremely dangerous and vulnerable situation when they go missing, this includes being exploited, and being exposed to drugs, crime and violence. The trauma of going missing can also have a long term effect on their emotional and mental wellbeing.

If you are concerned about a young person or want more information please contact us on 01895 272478/01903 823546.

Open Day in Uxbridge for NEET young people

October 20th, 2017

The Youth Talent project is holding an open afternoon for 16 – 24 year olds in Hillingdon Borough.

Alongside the Hillingdon Borough’s Participation Team, Zoe will be welcoming young people into the centre so they can come and find out more about progression support.

The Youth Talent project is dedicated to gaining traineeships, apprenticeships and employment for local young people.

Please come along on

Friday 3rd November

1pm – 3pm

If you would like to find out more please contact Zoe or check out our blog to read our success stories!

01895 272478

07743 279435

Do you need help looking for work?

October 20th, 2017

ARE YOU 16 – 24?


Do you live in Hillingdon Borough?

We can help you for FREE!

Text us today…

07743 279345

Self Harm is affecting more young people than ever before

October 16th, 2017

37,000 children and young people per year are admitted to hospital due to the severity of their injuries” (Young minds, 2017)

 Types of self harm

”It is a range of things that people do to hurt themselves in a deliberate and often hidden way” (MHF, 2006)

  • Cutting
  • Burning / scalding
  • Head banging
  • Breaking bones
  • Punching body
  • Inserting/swallowing objects/poisons
  • Throwing self against something

Who self harms?

Anyone can self harm, there is no set ‘type’ of person. Due to a level of disassociation, there may be a lack of acknowledgement/ realisation around this.

What to look out for and how to support someone you suspect of self harming…..

”Self-harm is a way of expressing very deep distress.” (MIND, 2012) 

  • Taking notice
  • Offering to listen
  • Supporting them to access help when needed

 Seeking further support

If you are self harming or thing about self harm or suicide and feel able to speak to someone about this, please consider talking to…..

  • A Friend
  • Parents/carer/extended family
  • A friend’s parent/carer
  • Teacher/tutor
  • GP/school nurse

Further support

Celebrate Sons and Daughters month for Fostering

October 16th, 2017

This month we are celebrating the sons and daughters of our foster carers for sons and daughters month! They play a huge role in home life for a fostered child and we are delighted to be able to celebrate their valuable contribution to the lives of vulnerable children and young people.

Let’s introduce you to one of our sons and daughters as they tell us more about offering their home to a fostered child.

What is your favourite part about being a foster sister or brother? Teaching and learning new things with them… playing with them, doing everyday things with them, laughing together or crying together sometimes.

What is the hardest part about being a foster sister or brother? Saying good bye and sometimes listening to them shouting at my parent.

What is something you’ve learned about yourself since your family started fostering? Strength & weakness? I guess I found out that I am stronger than I thought; even though it was hard to say good bye it didn’t stop me from wanting to say hi to the next child. And I guess my weakness is that I don’t always understand others problems and how they affect their lives.

Are you interested in fostering? If so, please give Kim or Tendai a call on 01903 522966.

asphaleia support World Mental Health Day

October 12th, 2017

On October 10th staff and young people across asphaleia supported World Mental Health Day and the #HelloYellow campaign

Staff who wore yellow donated to Young Minds who support children’s and young people’s mental health across the country.



We also looked at mental health and well being in the workplace and took some time to read the tips and use the resources that were shared.

”Our mental health is just as important as our physical health and it is important that we discuss it with friends, family AND colleagues.”

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Did you know that Safe West Sussex offer parent liason?

October 10th, 2017

At safe we offer support to parents whose children may be at risk of being exploited or parents of those who may be at risk of becoming a perpetrator.

Ware here to listen to concerns. Just as we know that every child is unique, we know that every family is too and each family requires unique support. We provide non-judgemental, confidential support to help parents recognise and build on the strengths that they have to protect their children and reduce their risk of harm. We understand that CSE is hugely distressing however we can’t ignore it in the hope it will go away. Learning about CSE, knowing how to spot signs and being aware of the support available will give parents the tools they need to be able to support their children and help to keep them safe.

We can:

  • Help parents to recognise and understand the signs of CSE.
  • Listen to concerns and ideas.
  • Equip parents with tools and knowledge needed to help to protect their children.
  • Inform parents about the latest trends including up to date information on apps and online resources.

We can offer support via email or telephone conversations or 1-1 meetings in the community. We have resources that we can send out via email or post containing information on CSE and online safety. Please let us know if you would like us to send you out some of these resources.

If you would like some extra support please don’t hesitate to contact us today either by emailing and or calling head office:  01903522966

Study Buddy

October 10th, 2017

Tutors, Sarah Crompton and Jenny Davis have joined the beginner and entry ESOL classes for a period each day. The idea is for learners to support each other with their language skills as study buddies. Evidence suggests that feedback between learners can be very powerful and motivating if given in a supportive way.

The set up involves the entry group supporting the beginners with their English so developing their skills of explanation and to give the beginners an opportunity to meet with developing language learners at a higher level.  Learners are given structured opportunities with the topic and are mixed in pairs or small groups so they can develop confidence in a small setting.

Topics covered include exchanging personal information including schooling in different countries and free time. Learners have positively evaluated the opportunity and use a mixture of English, pictures and translation to help each other. Yesterday a discussion of cooking involved finding pictures and finding one for aubergine. Learners are meeting outside now for self study. I asked one learner what he talks about outside and he responded, ‘Anything, anything!’


To find out more about training programmes, please call 01903 823546. We currently have spaces on our programmes in Worthing, West Sussex and Uxbridge, London.

Learning about Drugs

October 10th, 2017

Earlier this month, asphaleia Care provided a group key-working session on drug facts, the results of drug abuse and asked ‘Frank’ questions using the live talk resources. We started with a competitive game of marsh mellows towers followed by key work.

#everychildmatters #talktofrank #askthoseembarressingquestions


For information about care services, please call 01903 823546.

Learning Independence

October 10th, 2017

Last Thursday new timetables were given to learners in preparation for changes this week.

As class timetables develop and change it is clearly important to enable low level language learners in the beginners’ group to manage those changes if they are to become independent learners.  Independence has been described as providing learners with the strategies to become independent since low level language learners often benefit from steps to independence.  Motivation is also important in the process. Evidence shows that teaching directed at what learners find relevant and useful motivates learners and addressing an immediate need even more so.

With that in mind to enable accurate and independent reading of the timetable standard question and answer techniques were used to check understanding of language and layout.  Common sources of misunderstanding including substituting Tuesday for Thursday were ironed out through peer support focusing on the sounds ‘Tu’ and ‘Th’.

Beyond that some learners also need to consider the knock on factors that affect travel such as train and bus journeys. As a result it can be effective to break down learning into steps. Alan Olieff, Learning Support, worked with two learners who have had problems with travelling including one who had accidentally taken a Victoria bound train all the way to London instead of getting off at Worthing not realising he could get off the train at any point to return to Worthing. Both were supported to access train timetables online to enable journey planning.  As a result one of the learners has decided to allow himself 15 minutes to get to class from Worthing station and check if it allows him enough time. Reviewing is clearly an important part of the process.


For information about our learning programmes, please call 01903 823546.