Who we help

Healing fragile young lives

We help children with very challenging emotional issues, often resulting from adverse childhood experiences, such as domestic violence, abuse or neglect. Our systemic and trauma-informed approach, focuses on the family as a whole unit, helping them effect change to create new beginnings and improve relationships. 

2.3m
children in England are vulnerable and in need of extra support
70%
of these children lack access to the help they desperately need
1 in 6 children in the UK have a mental health problem
£16.6 billion per year is the estimated cost of late intervention

Complex and difficult lives

The families of the children referred to us are often struggling in different ways. Parents may have had their own childhood difficulties such as mental health issues, neglect, drug and alcohol dependency, or being subject to domestic abuse.

A child’s emotional landscape is often bleak, their difficulties culminating in repeated exclusions from school and a breakdown in relationships at home. They often show aggressive or withdrawn behaviour and suffer from depression or anxiety. They may have struggled to form strong attachments within their family or maintain friendships at school.

Helping the whole family

Without an intervention tackling the root causes of emotional difficulties, children are unlikely to overcome troubling feelings and behaviours. These are then likely to recur or even worsen through adult life. 

The key to the success of our approach is recognising the family context to a child’s difficulties, and helping the whole family in order to bring about sustainable change.

We look to break the cycle of poor attachment, trauma or abuse through a change of context, gentle, practical activities and helping each family to feel valued.

Change that lasts

We are highly flexible in meeting each child’s own needs and tailor our programme to each individual family. Families set their own specific goals and we closely monitor the outcomes on each child’s emotional wellbeing, behaviour and relationships using internal and external evaluation methods. 

We work closely with other professionals who are close to the child. Our evidence shows positive and long-lasting change as a result of coming to Dandelion Time, as children start to feel understood and can blossom.

Factors affecting referred children

75%
abuse or domestic violence
18%
fostered/adopted OR risk of care
56%
mental health issues
79%
trauma

Success stories

Lewis’ story

Lewis had been born prematurely and at that time his mother was trapped in an abusive relationship with Lewis’s father.

 Katie’s story

Katie had never truly known what it was to feel safe and cared for. Attending Dandelion Time gave her the opportunity to learn to trust again.

Jamie’s Story

At age 11, Jamie was struggling from the heartbreaking loss of his mother. At Dandelion Time, with father Sean, they began to heal together.

Our impact

Since 2003, we’ve transformed the lives of 1,000+ children and their families

Our therapeutic programme has consistently achieved positive outcomes for children with serious emotional and behavioural difficulties. The organisation has gained recognition within Kent as a vital service for children with complex needs, addressing these needs through practical work and engagement with the wider family.

85%
of children said Dandelion Time helped improve their emotional wellbeing

“I’d been to a lot of places [for therapy] but they never worked because they were just literally sitting down talking about it. Being at Dandelion Time… I didn’t even know I had fears any more. The best 10 weeks of my life was here” – Jasmine

Referrals

We are accepting referrals for family sessions across Kent

Referrals come from professional agencies who are close to the child – for example their School, Social Worker, Early Help or GP. Referrers provide an outline and history of the challenges the child might be experiencing

Sources
* Children’s commissioner, Childhood vulnerability in England 2019
▴ Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2021 – wave 2 follow up to the 2017 survey
▪ Early Intervention Foundation. The cost of late intervention: EIF analysis 2016. London; 2016.