Newham Council Pathfinder project

What is the Pathfinder project?

Newham’s Children Overrepresented Pathfinder project is a Youth Justice Board Funded Project that provides access to support to children, young people and families experiencing trauma related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

What is the aim of the Pathfinder project?

The Pathfinder Project in Newham aims to reduce the overrepresentation of Black and Asian young people in the Youth Justice System and prevent them getting involved in the justice system in years to come as either victims or perpetrators through:

  • Identifying and providing support services to Covid-19-affected Black, Asian, ROMA, and other over-represented children, young people, and families.
  • Providing interventions in schools from 5th through 9th grade.
  • Participating in trauma recovery group work with young people aged 16 to 25.
  • Adopting a trauma-informed approach across the board to train school workers to work in a trauma-informed manner.
  • Adopting a whole-family approach and providing services that strengthen parent-child connections, help parents and families manage their finances, provide job search assistance and access to a variety of benefits.
  • Collaborating with the Voluntary Community and Faith Sector (VCFS) delivery partners to provide services and develop a system-wide approach.

What does the Pathfinder project offer?

In collaboration with our VCSF partners, we provide access to services such as:

  • Mentoring
  • Talking with a trusted adult
  • Counselling
  • Engagement in extracurricular activities
  • Digital support
  • Finding/applying for jobs and apprenticeships
  • Developing employability skills
  • Career guidance
  • Bereavement support
  • Parental support

What is the eligibility criteria?

To qualify for the Pathfinder Offer you need to be:

  • A young person aged 6-25 living in Newham,
  • From a Black, Asian, ROMA and other minority ethnic background,
  • Enduring or at risk of enduring any of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) below as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic:
    • Significant Loss or separation
    • Domestic Abuse
    • At risk of exploitation (including Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE), gangs) 
    • Neglect
    • Parental Substance Misuse
    • Abuse (Physical/sexual/emotional)
    • Victim of bullying
    • Behaviour issues related to recent/historical trauma
    • Poor mental health
    • Low confidence/self esteem
    • Digital poverty
    • Increased parental anxieties
    • Special Education Needs (SEND)
    • Homelessness/temporary accommodation
    • No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)
    • Community violence
    • Poverty
    • Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

If you meet the criteria above, kindly fill the referral form below.

Newham Children Overrepresented Pathfinder Project Referral Form

Referrals can be made by anyone including professionals, parents, friends and self-referrals.

For further information or queries please call 07890057579 or send an email to

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