Families Learning About Thinking Skills (FLATS) Online Intervention – County Lines Pathfinder (July 2021)

 

Summary: Attached is the description and further information concerning FLAT intervention for children potentially affected by criminal exploitation, including through ‘county lines'. 

 

Description:
Families Learning About Thinking Skills (FLATS) is an intensive intervention programme, run over 16-weeks with children that were deemed to be impacted by criminal exploitation, including county lines and comprised of:

  • Weekly 2-hour group sessions for children
  • Weekly 1:1 sessions for children
  • Access to facilitators outside of these sessions (e.g., through WhatsApp) for support with applying skills in ‘real life’ situations.
  • On-going practical and emotional support to caregivers, to address their own needs and/or barriers which might prevent them from supporting their child.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, FLATS was piloted online with a small group of children believed to be at risk of criminal exploitation, between October 2020 and March 2021.

A review of digital and online interventions was undertaken to help inform the strategy for the programme. Delivering FLATS online produced a range of challenges for practitioners, young people and caregivers alike;

Attached below are the following:

  • Overview of the programme
  • Practitioner hints and tips on running on-line group work with children