“We are the bad kids…”

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Monday saw us chatting to Mandy*, 16.

Shying away at first, Mandy soon became comfortable enough to chat to us outside MacDonald’s, amidst her group of friends. She told us about her day, in her school’s isolation unit. When we invited her thoughts on the unit, she said that some teachers view her as one of “the bad kids”. She then admitted “I do have my moments, but really, I’m alright”.

It was a significant moment for us, giving Mandy chance to express herself honestly, to be accepted and valued. She was happy and relaxed chatting to us. It was wonderful to take these first steps with a new young person and her friendship group.

*not her real name

Tadz, Wood Green