Supporting and working with children experiencing behavioural and emotional difficulties

Celebrating the achievements of young people in our graduation ceremonies.

The Mohn Westlake Foundation is pleased to be supporting the work of Chance UK, an early intervention organisation which works with children in London aged 5-13 who are experiencing behavioural and emotional difficulties, are excluded or at risk of exclusion from school.

At a glance…

  • Chance UK is currently running mentoring programmes, across six London Boroughs.
  • Every year 140 children benefit from Chance UK’s mentoring programme.
  • Research conducted by Goldsmiths in 2008 found that 51% of children who completed Chance UK mentoring no longer had abnormal levels of behavioural difficulties.

"I felt like I was in a bad place but I didn't know how to get out. I just got angry all the me. Now when I feel like that I know more about how to do things that calm me down. I feel safer in myself and I've learned new things. I'll be going back to school next week. I think it's good."

Chance provides targeted, solution focused mentoring delivered by trained volunteers and youth workers to support children through a critical time in their lives. By intervening at this early stage Chance equips children with the skills they need to understand, articulate and address underlying issues and to build resilience, confidence and a constructive, healthier approach to life's challenges. Through its mentoring programme Chance uses solution-focused, universal workshops to help reach more children and provide social and emotional skills to overcome challenges and problem solve.

To strengthen its work with the child, Chance also works with parents, providing practical and emotional support and developing strategies in the home that will support the child's progress during the mentoring period and beyond. The organisation’s work includes one-to-one support, group workshops and specialist information clinics and family activity days.

"It's been good for me to come out of myself more. I think I can be more of a help for my son now I've had some support myself. I think he sees the world differently now. He looks out at things more, and I think I do as well. We're more open with each other and I want to keep that going.”

For more information about Chance UK and this project please visit their website:

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