Referrals for befriending typically come from education, social work, or the NHS for young people, aged 8-18, living within Dumfries and Galloway. They can be experiencing difficulties at home, school or in the community. This can include, for example, bullying, isolation, disengagement from school, stress at home, mental health challenges, and bereavement.
Befriending works best when:
- children and young people want to be involved
- when parents/guardians are on board
- when the referrer knows the young person well and can attend befriending review meetings
We would love to be able to accept all children and young people referred to our service. However, we are not equipped to work with those who have extremely challenging behaviours, severe learning or physical disabilities or who require personal care.
We are an early intervention service, not a crisis service, and we do not accept referrals from private care companies who accommodate looked after children and young people.
TO ENQUIRE ABOUT MAKING A REFERRAL
The first step is to contact us by email or telephone to discuss the young person’s needs and how we may be able to help. If appropriate, we will send a referral form and the young person will be added to our waiting list.
Please note – Due to the high demand for our service, we are currently unable to accept any further referrals from Annandale and Eskdale, and Stranraer at this time (January 2023).
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