The Building Belonging Programme (BBP) works with and supports children, young people and their families to achieve their full potential and prevent them getting involved in crime and anti-social behaviour. It is available for children and young people under 18, and their families, who live or go to school in Elmbridge.
The programme priortises children and their families who are not eligible for existing services, including:
- Targeted Youth Support (TYS)
- Youth Offending Service (OFS)
- Family Support Programme (FSP)
- Family Centres (FC)
It particularly welcomes those who are struggling to find or access support or still need help after ending their involvement with another service.
Who is a part of the team and partnership?
The Building Belonging Programme (BBP) is made up of eight organisations working together as one team to provide children, young people and their families with specialised support and guidance.
When they work with your child(ren) or family, they will agree with you who is best placed to support you. One or more of the following organisations may support your family.
- Surrey County Council
- Surrey Care Trust
- Catch 22
- Home-Start Elmbridge
- Community Health Surrey
- Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
How can BBP help?
You may benefit from this programme if you or your child(ren) are experiencing two or more of the following:
- Difficulty going to school
- Difficulty attending or staying in school classes
- Risk of suspension or exclusion
- Not accessing full-time school, e.g., on a reduced timetable or attending alternative provision
- Substance misuse
- Anti-social behaviour or at risk of getting into trouble with the police
- A parent or sibling is in trouble with the police or in prison
- Emotional well-being or mental health concerns for you, a sibling or a parent
- Risk of exploitation, e.g., county lines, gangs, being groomed
- Domestic abuse
- You are experiencing emotional difficulties as a parent
- Your family, your child(ren), or your young person needs advocacy to access support services
- You have recently become a parent and feel you need support as you experienced a difficult/traumatic childhood of your own
What can children, young people and their families expect from BBP?
The BBP team want to help at the earliest stage possible. They will arrange to meet with you and will listen to you so that they understand your situation and what support you might need. They will spend time, getting to know you so that together you can develop a plan of support. This support will be coordinated by a practitioner you trust. A range of support is available depending on your needs.
If there is a situation the BBP team cannot help with, they will work closely with other practitioners and organisations who may be better placed to offer your support.
What is expected of me and my family?
The BBP team ask that families are:
- Open to receiving support.
- Are available to attend meetings.
- Take part in the support activities suggested by the BBP team.
How families can get support from BBP?
If you live in Elmbridge and believe your family or child(ren) would benefit from the BBP, please speak to your child(ren)'s school or ask a practitioner who works closely with your child or family to contact the BBP team.
What is expected from referrers?
If you are a practitioner working with a family the BBP team ask that you:
- Gain consent from the child(ren) and their family for initial contact with the BBP.
- Share your understanding of the child(ren) and family.
- Complete the request for support form and the BBP checklist form as fully as possible.
- Maintain a relationship with the child or family throughout their involvement journey with BBP.
- Attend partnership meetings about the family where needed.
How practitioners can refer to BBP?
If you would like to ask for BBP support for a family or child(ren), please follow the following steps:
- Use the BBP Checklist to check whether the child(ren) and their family will find the programme helpful.
- If they will benefit from the programme, contact the BBP team for an initial conversation. Please send an email to bbpteam@Surreycc.gov.uk.
- If the BBP are happy to support the family, please gain consent from the family and complete a request for support form; write 'FAO BBP' on the request for support form and send it to the C-SPA at email@example.com.
- C-SPA will forward it, and the BBP team will review the request.
- The BBP team will confirm receipt and will contact you (as the referrer) and the family about next steps. This will include meeting with the child(ren) or family to understand their experience and identify how the programme can best assist them.
- We will develop a personalised support plan with the family and child(ren), and we will keep you (the referrer) updated and involved in the child(ren) or family's journey with the BBP.
If you are unsure who to ask and need additional guidance, please get in touch with C-SPA or the BBP team. If you are concerned about your child(ren), would like support from BBP or have a question regarding the programme, your query will be directed to the BBP team by C-SPA.
The C-SPA is open between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, it can be contacted by telephone: 0300 470 9100 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can contact any partner organisations listed above who can ask for support on your behalf. Please also note the BBP email inbox is only monitored during working hours, Monday to Friday.
Files available to download
Building and Belonging Programme Eligibility Checklist (PDF)
Checklist for referrers to establish which families are eligible for the Building and Belonging Programme (BBP).