How will I know which of the support options is right for me/ my child?
By having a conversation on the phone, we should be able to establish what you are looking for. If one type of support is started and it seems another type might be more useful, then that can happen without any trouble at all!
Is a parent or a friend able to be present during the sessions?
Sometimes it can seem really scary to meet someone new and sit alone with them. For that reason, if needed, a child or young person can bring someone with them for the first part of the first session. Once they have become more comfortable, that person would be asked to sit in the waiting room, or go for a walk for the rest of the session. This always works out fine.
Will parents ever get feedback or updates?
Yes absolutely. Depending on what the child or young person feels most comfortable with, parents will be given brief updates about how the work is progressing, and any information that the young person agrees to share will be shared. The young person can choose whether they want to be present during those conversations or not. It’s up to them.
How confidential are the sessions?
The sessions are 100% confidential. There are only exceptional circumstances when confidentiality would need to be broken, and these will be clearly explained to both child/young person and parents when sessions begin. It is very rare that confidentiality would ever need to be broken without a young person’s consent….and only ever when they need protecting from something very serious.
Do I need to commit to a certain number of sessions?
Not all all. Usually after a discussion at the beginning of work, a number of sessions is agreed, leading up to a review. Further sessions can then take place, if required, before reviewing again.
How do I make payment for the sessions?
Payments can be made in cash or cheque each session, or by bank transfer in advance of the session. Some people prefer to pay for several sessions in advance, others may not.
Do the Advocacy services you provide hold legal power?
The advocacy services provided by the Recognise Project are not legally binding. The services are to aid communication between children and young people and those who care for/work with them. If you are looking for legally binding advocacy support for children and young people, try visiting: www.nyas.net