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Children

Changing Futures North East was founded by local residents in 2000 to improve children’s outcomes. Achieving this goal lies at the heart of everything we do.

The research evidence is now insurmountable; healthy relationships are key to ensuring children’s outcomes. Children need a variety of healthy peer relationships, relationships with trusted adults, and/or relationships within the family home, to enable them to thrive.

Children can learn unhealthy ways of managing relationships at home, and repeat unhelpful patterns in their own romantic relationships when they grow up.

All of the ways we work with children are designed to help them develop the relationships they need to be able to thrive:

  • Independent Visitors (Hartlepool) – young people who are or have been looked after by social care spend time doing things that interest them with a trusted adult volunteer, over at least two years
  • Mentoring (Hartlepool) – children and young people whose families are, or have been, open to the towns Early Help system, access therapeutic groupwork or one to one support from a trusted mentor

We also support children through our work leading the Healthy Relationships Partnership.