Our mission is simple but robust:
To provide straightforward access to Educational and Child Psychologists for families and communities with children with disabilities and additional needs.
To strengthen the quality of educational and psycho-social support around children with disabilities and additional needs, especially those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, so that they achieve better educational, employment and mental health outcomes.
As educational psychologists, we are trained to focus on the whole child. As community psychologists we look at the multiple influences on a family's well being and health. At Bridges for Children, our holistic approach means that we will always seek to look beyond any assumptions or statements that describe a child or family as "the problem." Instead, we focus on a child’s strengths, as well as difficulties, within the wider context of their family, school, community and society.
Positive and supportive
At Bridges for Children, we have a very positive vision about what children can do and how they can learn, and we know that it is even better when they have the right support around them. However, we recognise that that by coming to us, you are worried about a child's progress. Our positive and supportive attitude means that we will take time to listen to the challenges you have faced on your journey so far and co-identify solutions to the priorities you want to work on. Our aim, by the end of your first meeting with us, is to offer you a more hopeful and informed journey, set at a pace you find most comfortable.
Caring and compassionate
At Bridges for Children, we feel privileged when families share their stories with us. For us, a caring and compassionate service means showing kindness, thoughtfulness and a willingness to help throughout your case-management and afterwards.
Collaborative and Enabling
We believe that the best outcomes for children are when we all collaborate and work together. Our enabling approach means that families and children and young people are at the core of our service - by working with you, we will support you to be equal partners in co-designing, accessing, using and evaluating services that aim to make a difference to your lives.
Inclusive of diversity
This means that we support the Millennium Development Goals and Education For All, promoting fair and equal access to educational opportunities and psychological services regardless of gender, disability, sexuality, ethnicity and household income. Our projects, interventions and internships are driven by a strong commitment to social justice and social mobility - this means that we seek to work with other partners to increase the educational attainments and employment opportunities for children and young people from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds so that they can participate more equally in society.
Our founder is trained in participatory approaches and it is a guiding principle to our work. This means that we will strive to use a range of techniques and approaches that encourage families, communities and organisations to engage in a shared and meaningful analysis about their needs and participate in the co-design of realistic outcomes and practical interventions.
Inspired in part by a family legacy of public service, Bridges for Children was originally set up in 2004 as a small sole trader business, operating as a social enterprise between London and Colombo. Our aim was to empower families with children with disabilities and emotional needs in London and Sri Lanka, by building bridges and shared understanding between children, parents, carers and schools. We also wanted to design a new model of psychological service delivery relevant to low and middle income countries (LMIC) and rooted in the values of high quality public service and affordability.
Bridges for Children ceased operation as a sole trader in 2005 and was relaunched in April 2015 as a community interest company registered in England and Wales with the support of the London School for Social Entrepreneurs Fellowship Programme and the UK government Start-Up Loans scheme.
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Bridges For Children CIC is a registered community interest company in England and Wales.
Company Registration Number 9537113
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