Children & Young People’s Services

We recognise that relationship difficulties affect children and young people too. This service is designed to support children & young people through the process of:

  • Parental divorce and separation
  • New step-parents/siblings
  • Difficulties in relationships generally (at school, with peers, with parents)
  • Bullying
  • Loss and bereavement
  • School transition
  • Witnessing domestic violence in the family home

Who do we offer the service to?

The service is offered to children aged 5-18 years of age. Appointments will usually be made within Relate’s Birmingham Centre. We use a range of creative interventions when working with children and young people.

Sandwell CYP Covid Recovery Project

Relate is offering a free counselling service to children and young people (8-18) in the Sandwell area, whose wellbeing and mental health has been negatively affected by Covid.

This project is being provided by Relate as part of SCVO’s Emotional Wellbeing Programme.

Our counsellors can help children and young people explore feelings of anxiety, low confidence, the impact of a family breakdown, loss and bereavement, relationship issues, peer pressures, pressures around social media and other issues that have been worsened by Covid.

The one-to-one counselling will be provided by experienced, qualified counsellors and sessions are initially being delivered by webcam or phone. 

Referrals can be made by professionals, schools, other services or by self-referral, using the referral form which is available electronically.

Upon receipt of a referral, we will contact the client, parent or responsible adult and book an initial assessment with one of the counsellors. If counselling is appropriate, we will offer up to 6 sessions.

If you have any queries or questions, or would like to make a referral, please contact:

Michelle Jones, Project Co-ordinator on 0121 824 0303 or email timeforyou@relatebirmingham.co.uk

Confidentiality and Safety

Relate offers private and confidential help to our clients. We will not normally give your name or any information from or about you to anyone outside the organisation unless we have reason to believe that someone, especially a child, is at risk of serious harm.

Violence and abuse is an issue for many young people who come to us for help with their family relationships. We know about this and you can talk to us about it if it is a problem in your life.

Relate Birmingham works in accordance with our Local Area Safeguarding Partnerships.

Schools

Would your school benefit from having a young peoples’ counsellor? Please telephone 0121 643 1638 for further details.