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Building My Future (BMF) Programme

The London Borough of Ealing has received funding from the Department of Education to develop a new approach in working with young people with complex additional needs, their families and school/colleges, where there may be difficulties accessing the curriculum or in attendance.

The Building My Future (BMF) Team offers intensive support, working with young people:

• Aged 10-25 years
• Resident in Ealing
• Who have learning difficulties (specific or general) and/or Autism / Asperger's
• Who may not have a formal diagnosis
The young person might also:
• Present challenging behaviour
• Be missing out on education / employment
• Have mental health needs
• Or might be at risk of offending

A dedicated multi-disciplinary BMF Team of Clinical and Educational psychologists, Social workers, Occupational and Speech and Language therapists, Youth workers and Career Advisor, work collectively to improve the well-being, participation and attainment of young people in mainstream education.

In addition, our BMF Youth Workers have worked with young people and the wider integrated youth service to develop the BMF Life Skills Programme, focused on supporting social skills, building confidence and independence, where young people can meet weekly to socialise and have the opportunity to gain the Duke of Edinburgh's award and additional AQA qualifications.

Ealing Parent Carer Forum and parents and young people supported by the team, play an important role in the development of the BMF programme, participating and co-producing the BMF approach.

Accessing the Building My Future Team and service

We strongly advise, that in the first instance you contact the team by telephone or email to discuss if the young person would be eligible for BMF support.

The team can give advice, will respond to your queries and clarify the referral process.

Making a referral for under 18's

For children under 18 years, a referral is needed to Ealing Children's Integrated Response Service (ECIRS)

• Any professional working with the family can refer to ECIRS through an Early Help Assessment & Plan (EHAP)
• Children/young people and families can also self-refer by discussing their needs with a member of the ECIRS team.

Ealing Children's Integrated Response Service (ECIRS)
020 8825 8000
(Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)
(secure email)

Making a referral for a young adult aged 18-25
Anyone can make a referral / ask for support by contacting the Adult Contact Centre.
Adult Contact Centre
020 8825 8000
(Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)
(secure email)

What happens next?

Once a referral is received, it is forwarded to the BMF Team.

• A decision whether to accept the referral is made at the weekly BMF panel meeting.
• The BMF Team will contact the family within five working days.
• The duration of time the BMF Team will work with the young person and family is determined by their situation and need.
• Support is usually offered between three and six months.

If BMF is not the right service to support you, they will advise you on where you may get the help you need.

Contacting the BMF Team

BMF Enquiries
Tel:  020 8825 8241 (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)

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