Intervention and support for young people – your questions answered.

Bright Paths are dedicated to helping children, and young people lead mentally positive and healthy lives. We hope this site has given you the glimmer of hope that there is help available and right now. 

Below is a list of frequently asked questions often posed by children, young people, schools and parents/guardians.  

If you have any queries regarding the service that Bright Paths provide, or simply need some advice that is not covered on this page, please do not hesitate to contact us:

The programmes are suitable for children and young people who meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 6-16 (SEN 17-25) 
  • Beginning to exhibit behaviours or suggest themselves that they are starting to be affected by low mood, stress or anxiety such that it is starting to interfere with the enjoyment of life and normal activities 
  • Struggling with challenging behaviour and emotional regulation either at school or at home
  • Have no current intervention or support in place from any other agency for emotional wellbeing or mental health issues 
  • They do not meet the criteria for a CAMHS referral or need help whilst waiting for a referral. 
  • For those who could do with counselling but want to approach support from a different angle

Many vulnerable children and young people experience difficulties in their lives and are therefore more likely to need early help to overcome them. These children and young people are those: 

  • With a disability and/or specific additional needs  
  • Have been missing education
  • With special educational needs 
  • Who are young carers 
  • Engaging in anti-social or criminal behaviour and have a parent or carer in prison
  • Is in a family circumstance presenting challenges for the child such as substance misuse, adult mental health issues 
  • Family problems and domestic abuse
  • Returning home to their families from care 
  • With low resilience and poor emotional health and wellbeing 
  • In families where the ability to positively parent is limited 
  • With poor health development
  • In families experiencing poverty, homelessness or long term unemployment  
  • Living in disadvantaged communities 

Every young person is different. Some want to change their situation, while others need the space to make sense of an experience or wish to find a way to feeling like themselves again. 

Bright Paths early interventions can result in:

  • A reduction in fixed-term and permanent exclusions 
  • An improvement in school attendance
  • An increase in young people (16-18) within education, employment or training
  • An increase in parents/adults within the family (children who are over 18) progressing into work  
  • A reduction in the frequency and severity of offending and anti-social behaviours by families (adult and child)  
  • An improvement in children and young people’s physical and emotional health and wellbeing
  • Found ways of coping with a bereavement 
  • Developed self-acceptance and self-care to improve their health and wellbeing 
  • Found new ways of coping with stressful situations 
  • Developed ways of managing their anxiety 
  • Improved their relationship with school staff / family member(s)

Our about us page covers all the advantages of using Bright Paths intervention service with your child or young person. You can access this here:

If you’d like a short and snappy paragraph however:

Bright Paths are wholly young person centred and are committed to improving the lives and emotional wellbeing of your child or young person. We are all DBS checked and GDPR compliant and draw upon more than twenty years of professional experience, working closely with families and schools both virtually and in person through one to one and group sessions in Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes and selected areas within Hertfordshire and Northampton. 

Some of our interventions are available nationwide via remote platforms such as zoom. Topics that work well include self-esteem, anxiety and low mood. Behavioural issues, particularly those with attention deficits, are less likely to achieve the desired impact from remote sessions.

Call us to discuss or book a free consultation via Zoho.

Our registered office is in Bedford. However, our mentors work on an outreach basis and cover Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes and some areas within Hertfordshire and Northampton. 

If you require a one to one / group intervention then a detailed list of the areas we service are below:

Ampthill, Arlesley, Aspley Guise, Astwick, Barton, Barton in the Clay, Barton-leClay, Battlesden, Biggleswade, Billington, Blunham, Caddington, Chicksands, Chiltern Green, Clifton, Clophill, Cockayne Hatley, Cranfield, Danstablas, Dunstable, Easton, Eaton Bray, Edworth, Eversholt, Everton, Flitton, Flitwick, Gravenhurst, Great Billington, Harlington, Haynes, Heath and Reach, Henlow, Hockliffe, Houghton Conquest, Houghton Regis, Kensworth, Langford, Leighton Buzzard, Lidlington, Linslade, Lower Shelton, Marston Moretaine, Marston Moreteyne, Maulden, Meppershall, Millbrook, Milton Bryant, Newmill End, Northill, Old Warden, Potsgrove, Potton, Pulloxhill, Ridgmont, Sainford, Salford, Sandy, Shefford, Shelton, Shillington, Silsoe, Southill, Stanbridge, Steppingley, Stondon, Streatley, Studham, Sutton, Tebworth, Tempsford, Toddington, Totternhoe, Upper Sundon, Warden, Westoning, Whipsnade, Wingfield, Woburn, Woburn Sands, Wrestlingworth

Berkhamsted, Borehamwood, Bushey, Elstree, Harpenden, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, King’s Langley, Knebworth, Letchworth, London Colney, Potters Bar, Radlett, Redbourn, Rickmansworth, St. Albans, Stevenage, Watford, Welham Green, Welwyn Garden City, Welwyn, Wheathampstead, Abbots Langley

Bletchley and Fenny Stratford, West Bletchley, Bradwell, New Bradwell, Broughton, Campbell Park, Central Milton Keynes, Fairfields, Great Linford, Kents Hill, Monkston and Brinklow, Loughton, Shenley Brook End, Shenley Church End, Simpson, Stantonbury, Abbey Hill, Old Woughton, Stony Stratford, Walton, Whitehouse, Wolverton and Greenleys, Woughton

Some schools and individuals may be eligible for free or highly discounted support, depending upon the funding opportunities available.

The needs of young people differ from person to person so there is no one price fits all – we do not adopt a ‘one service fits all’ approach.

Your initial discovery meeting is completely free, so please contact us to discuss your requirements and we can give you an accurate quote and let you know if there are any funding options available.

Schools may consider using pupil premium to fund BrightPaths Provision. (Therapy, counselling and specialist provision are recognised uses of pupil premium.) For more information see out FAQ‘s.

Alternatively, If your school urgently requires mental health support for your students in the wake of the pandemic, you can apply for up to £4000 worth of mental health provision from within the Now and Beyond community of approved and vetted providers. Now and Beyond have launched the UK’s first online database of approved mental health and wellbeing providers for young people.  It’s a one stop shop for educators searching for local provisions and Bright Paths are proud to be a part of it. Click here for a link to apply for funding.

Bright Paths is committed to maintaining high standards of confidentiality and generally, what is shared in a counselling or support session will remain confidential. However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, if there are concerns that you are at risk of harm or have the intention to harm someone else, then relevant authorities will need to be informed.

Wherever possible, in these instances, you will be told what information is going to be shared and with whom it will be communicated.

Counsellors and Therapeutic Intervention Practitioners keep notes on each client.  These are brief, accurate, respectful and protected from unauthorised disclosure in compliance with the Data Protection Act and GDPR.

Client confidentiality is discussed in full during your first session.

We use the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). This is an online assessment tool for 2-25 year olds. The SDQ has been used by over 4,000 research studies and administered over 5 million times. It exists in several versions to meet the needs of researchers, clinicians and educators. 

Pre and post SDQs can be used to audit everyday practice (e.g. in clinics or special schools) and to evaluate specific interventions (e.g. parenting groups). 

Studies using the SDQ along with research interviews and clinical ratings have shown that the SDQ is sensitive to treatment effects. 

Child and adolescent mental health services, and other specialist services for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, can use an ‘added value’ score based on the SDQ as one index of how much help they are providing to the young people they see. 

We also use goal-based outcomes GBO’s which are a simple and effective method to measure progress and outcomes of an intervention. 

GBO’s grew out of work with children, young people and their families in mental health and emotional well-being settings but can be used in any setting, that is change-focused and goal-oriented – including adult and physical health contexts.

Potentially yes, Bright Paths interventions both in person and virtually, have been proven to help children and young people improve both mental health and emotional wellbeing. 

Yes, Bright Paths interventions are available either in person or virtually. For more information click here:

Teenage anger issues or child aggression toward mother or father can be a result of many circumstances either in their physical or emotional environment. 

This can be difficult for parents / guardians who want to help their child but also need to feel safe in their own homes. 

External interventional support is entirely appropriate here. As a parent / carer, you are not alone and professional help can facilitate improved positive communication between you and your child.

If your son / daughter is being aggressive contact us and we’ll do what we can to help. 

If you have any questions regarding Bright Paths and the mental support / emotional wellbeing service we offer then please contact us here:

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If you are responsible for the emotional wellbeing of a child or young person, contact us now for a no-obligation consultation to see how we can best help.