The Tri-Borough Alternative Provision (TBAP) Residence intervention is offered to young people whose education is at risk of being disrupted by difficult home circumstances and who are in need of a respite package or crisis placement.
The TBAP Multi-Academy Trust manages five academies in the Tri-Borough area in London, delivering and coordinating alternative educational provision for all young people aged 11 to 16 who have been excluded, or moved, from mainstream schools. In 2015, TBAP received funding from the DfE innovation fund for a residential intervention to support young people who attended one of its Academies and were in care, on the edge of care, and/or involved in the youth justice system.
The TBAP project aimed to establish a residence in a rural, out of London setting, to provide a safe, therapeutic place for a young person in crisis. The residence provided a combination of educational support and counselling for short, planned periods and in a crisis. It aimed to offer a form of planned respite care for young people, as well as a space to work with them alongside their wider family or foster carer. The residence used TBAPs educational curriculum, and allows young people to continue to access a continuous approach to their education and behavioural support during the need for temporary periods away from home. Young people were able to stay at the Residence for up to 12 weeks, with up to 7 young people being able to stay at any one time.
The DfE-funded independent evaluation identified no firm conclusions regarding the effectiveness of the Residence. Building and staffing issues meant that only 15 young people (aged 12-16) had been through the intervention. They have attended for varied periods between 1 and 2 terms. The intervention model also changed for a number of reasons during its first three terms (including a move away from full-time residential provision to a weekday model). There was though, emerging evidence that for some of the participants the Residence had had a positive effect. Some have demonstrated improved behaviour on returning to school and one has been re-integrated from TBAP into a mainstream school.