In Mervin Cato’s (Head of
Behaviour Support Services) absence, Anne Stoker presented an
update on the Nexus Project.
The following was
Nexus Project is an umbrella name given to co-ordinate multiple
projects to connect with young people, parents, schools the
community sector, businesses and others to build positive
relationships. Core funding for this comes from the
primary aim is to reduce exclusions and to try to head off youth
violence. Mervin Cato works in the behavioural support team he goes
into schools and works with faith groups, parents and others to
promote the project. A Family Liaison officer provides additional
family support, working with teachers and parents to ensure
everyone is working together.
- One of
the aims of the project - to build positive relationships with
others and as part of this, faith group members are trained to
become ‘Parent Champions’.
- ‘Heard’ – this is where there is a safe space
arena to discuss issues which is hosted by a local celebrity. This
has been popular with a local footballer and actors taking part. An
event was held on 26 February.
are a number of mentoring schemes
– ‘Butterfly’ is one of these which provides 1 to
1 coaching/ mentoring for girls with difficulties.
- ‘Routes2Success’ – BTEG (Black Training &
Enterprise Group) provides a free resource to schools for children
and young people from black and ethnic minorities to have trained
role model mentors to provide workshops to young
Cato was preparing data showing outcomes achieved from the projects
Youth Mentoring project is a free mentoring resource for students
in secondary schools that are at risk of exclusion – mentors
meet with students on a regular basis.
- Another project – Spark2Life has seen 48 young people from
two schools involved.
- ‘Holler’ is a project where inspirers visit schools
and deliver assemblies or focus groups to share their story and
inspire the next generation – Justin Cochrane is the founder
(Head Coach England’s U15 football team), the Borough
Commander has also been involved.
- ‘Platinum Performing Arts’ uses arts to make a
difference to young people providing a platform to tell their
story. They have so far seen a total of 210 students from 5
- ‘Joe Morris boxing club’ – works with
a number of schools. A new build -
Ponders End Youth Club is likely to be completed by end of June
- CHiPS –
Enfield Children & Young person Services (ECYPS) would be
relaunching CHiPS – this project
features a network of safe havens across Enfield where young and
vulnerable people who are lost, at risk or feeling vulnerable are
able to go to any CHiPS marked premises
to ask for help and assistance. 200
businesses have signed up to this.
- Working in partnership with ‘Pivotal Education’ and
‘Fearless’ – training for members of staff on
managing behaviour and de escalation of
presentation indicates the many NEXUS projects Enfield secondary
schools are involved with. However, it would appear, some schools
are not taking advantage of them.
has been a drop in the number of exclusions which was
The following issues were
- It was
asked if Parent Champions were linked to our existing parental
engagement project– the Parent Engagement Panel. Action: Anne Stoker/Angela Bent will provide a response for
inclusion in the minutes.
- Reference to the BTEG resource to have trained role model
mentors, it was questioned how many trained role model mentors were
in place. Anne Stoker thought many were volunteers. Mervin Cato
would provide details on this for inclusion in the
minutes. Action: Mervin
- It was
requested that the video for the CHiPS
project could be included in the ‘Vulnerability
training’ session for members to be held on 6 April 2020.
Action: Anne Stoker/ Angela Bent would take this
those schools not taking advantage of the NEXUS projects, it was
suggested that the relevant School Governors be contacted and
reminded of these opportunities available. Action:
- It was
noted that there would be funding for a further year for the
‘troubled families’ scheme.