SCS have been given the exciting opportunity to take part in a DfE project for the next two academic years. Essentially, the project provides funding for SCS to access a range of specialist services to support our young people, the group of specialists will form an ‘AP Task Force’. Please see the guidelines provided by the DfE below:


Vulnerable young people in AP are at high risk of disengaging from education and becoming involved in serious violence. The pilot will run for 2 years and test the impact of co-locating in AP schools, specialist workers from across health, education, social care, youth services and youth justice. Co-locating this workforce full-time in AP should remove the need for referrals to outside services and provide opportunities for practitioners to build trusted relationships with AP pupils.

Each Taskforce will focus on reducing truancy, NEET rates, involvement in serious violence, and improving mental health and well-being.


1. To support the complex needs of pupils in AP by providing specialist support on site.

2. To bring together local partners drawn from across health, education, social care, youth services and youth justice to create the specialist taskforce in the AP school.

3. To rigorously test the quality of implementation and impact on pupil outcomes such as truancy, NEET rates, behaviour and mental health and wellbeing over the 2 years of the pilot and beyond.

4. To run the pilot with the largest AP schools in 21 serious violence hotspots with the ambition of safeguarding pupils in AP from serious youth violence.


It is the intention that all SCS students will have access to the appropriate support from the AP Task Force; depending upon their needs the specialists will work together to ensure that interventions are carefully matched to learners to maximise impact. Your input will be vital to guarantee that individuals receive the personalised support that they require. The specialists students have access to are detailed below:

Chris Clacken
Anthony Pryce
Caprice Bound

Channelle Nixon

Claire Westwood
Harriet Clarke
Jenna Medhurst
Alice Murphy



If you have concerns about a student with whom you work, or feel that they would benefit from intervention from the Task Force you may make a referral following the guidelines below:

Reasons for referral may include:

  • low attendance/poor punctuality
  • missing from education
  • mental health concerns
  • disengagement from learning
  • escalating negative behaviour
  • concerns around family
  • bereavement
  • issue around communication (understanding, explaining, social skills)

Liaise with Head of Centre and/or DSL to ensure accurate and detailed information is provided to support the referral and to determine if Task Force intervention is appropriate.

Referral form may be passed on or emailed

Referrals are reviewed and most appropriate intervention identified.

Timetable of intervention established.

Sessions recorded and progress towards targets reviewed.

Details of intervention and evaluation shared with DfE

The referral form can be downloaded here: AP Task Force Referral form

If you require any further support with the referral process, please feel free to contact Katie Daniel