Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care and Reading FC have teamed up to deliver Positive Pathways, a programme for young people at risk of school exclusion and exploitation.
Positive Pathways was developed by Reading FC’s Community Trust and combines classroom-based workshops with football coaching sessions. Each workshop is themed and features guest speakers who talk from experience about the realities of drug addiction, prison life and gangs.
Positive Pathways is currently being delivered over six weeks to a dozen year nine students at a local school and there are plans to expand into other schools in the borough. The programme has already been successfully trialled at several secondary schools in Wokingham.
Nick Young, Exploitation Prevention Manager at Bracknell Forest Council said:
“It’s great to be working with Reading FC Community Trust in bringing its innovative Positive Pathways programme into Bracknell schools. Having the Reading FC brand behind this really helps in connecting with the young people and the testimony of guest speakers with lived experience adds to the credibility of the messages. The links between school exclusion and child exploitation are clear and preventative work of this kind plays a vital part in safeguarding children”.
Cllr Dr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People & Learning, said:
“We are pleased to be working together with Reading FC to tackle child exploitation in Bracknell Forest. Positive Pathways presents a fresh way to reach young people at risk of school exclusion and exploitation. We are excited to see the positive effects this programme has and hope to see it expand to further schools in the borough.”
For further information please contact Nick Young, Child Exploitation Manager at Bracknell Forest Council, Nick.Young@bracknell-forest.gov.uk