Roundabout is a charity providing dramatherapy in schools and for support groups. Our service is a Specialist Service. Dramatherapy involves verbal and non-verbal work and makes use of a wide range of theatrical and dramatic techniques. Roundabout helps children and young people cope with the difficult issues which arise from physical, emotional and mental health problems, as well as issues such as dysfunctional families, bereavement, depression, abuse, communication problems, bullying and low self-esteem.
Communication and interaction needs
Yes. Roundabout's Dramatherapy is a highly effective medium for children and young people with communication and interaction needs, from mild to profound.
Cognition and learning needs
Roundabout has a long and proven track record of engaging successfully with children and young people with cognition and learning needs, including children and young people with profound levels of need.
Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Roundabout's service works obliquely to enable children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties to identify the issues that are affecting them, express and explore their social, emotional and psychological needs, and find ways to address them.
Because Roundabout uses a broad repertoire of theatre and art based methodologies, it is fully accessible to children and young people with sensory needs.
Roundabout's approach is based on working with what each child or young person brings to the sessions, and on celebrating what someone can do, rather than focussing on what they cannot do. We use movement and close physical work to help children and young people with physical needs express themselves.
Specific or complex health needs
Roundabout therapists are used to working with people with additional and more complex health needs
Categories of need
Complex health needs, Mild Learning Difficulty / Disability, Moderate Learning Difficulties/ Disability (MLD), Severe Learning Difficulties/ Disability (SLD), Mild Speech and Language difficulty, Moderate Speech and Language difficulty, Severe Speech and Language difficulty, SpLD (Specific learning Difficulties), Mobility Disabilities, Angelman Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Communication needs (Speech, Language and Communication), Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Down Syndrome, Social, Mental and Emotional Health, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Impairment, Spina Bifida, Challenging Behaviour, Fragile X, Global Development Delay
3 to 25
Who we provide for
Throughout the year, Monday to Friday, mornings/afternoons
What we do
Dramatherapy is a highly adaptable and accessible process. It uses drama-related techniques as the language for communication, creating an oblique approach, which is very effective with children and young people. Roundabout works in schools, day centres and residential homes. Our work aims to help people build trusting relationships, improve self-confidence, develop communication skills and social interaction, encourage self-advocacy, work with the imagination, explore feelings, develop creativity and have fun. Dramatherapy is the intentional use of the healing aspects of drama in the therapeutic process and has two elements. The Therapeutic allows the psychological needs of the group to be identified and worked through. The Dramatic explores the creative and spontaneous potential of the body and mind. The bulk of Roundabout’s programme is the facilitation of weekly, long-term dramatherapy projects. We also run a number of one-off or short-term projects each year, usually over the summer period. A session plan tailored to each group or individual is used consistently, to generate trust and a sense of security. Within that, each week’s session is unique, reflecting the weekly feed-back and contributions of group members and staff. Dramatherapy uses stories, role-play, improvisation, movement, voice and art-work to enable service users to express and explore their emotions and needs. Our client groups include: mental health needs; learning disabilities; Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Asperger’s Syndrome; physical disabilities; sensory impairment; victims of abuse; emotional and behavioural problems; special needs; ADHD; speech and language difficulties; and children transferring to secondary school.
Is there a waiting list?
Are there any taster sessions?
Do you need a support worker?
Can you take your support worker with you?
Does parent / carer have to stay?
Is parent / carer allowed to stay?
Can siblings attend?
Staff SEND skills
Our team of professional dramatherapists are fully qualified to post graduate level; they are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and checked by the DBS. They receive regular clinical supervision from qualified and experienced arts therapist supervisors and maintain their Continuing Professional Development.
Have staff had safeguarding training in last year?
Staff Disability Awareness trained in last year?
Are staff trained in specialist interventions?
Are there staff trained in manual handling?
Assessing child safety
Dramatherapy is one of the safest therapeutic mediums for working with children, because of its oblique and non-directive approach. It creates a safe and supportive environment where the initial focus is on what each individual brings to the session. Roundabout has worked consistently with children and young people since it was founded in 1985; it has an exemplary reputation amongst children, parents, schools and other stakeholders, such as funders. All our dramatherapists are professionally qualified and supervised; they work to the Code of Ethical Practice of the British Association of Dramatherapists. We work closely with schools, to ensure the safety of all the people we work with. This ensures we are fully aware of any relevant developments in the life of the child or the school; and that the school is aware of what has been happening in the sessions. We are available to staff and parents for discussions and consultations, and all our work is carefully monitored and evaluated. Because we work in schools, or other centres provided by organisations working with children and young people, the physical space is safe and accessible.
Where Roundabout is providing a service in a school, referrals can come from the children themselves, from teaching and other staff members, and from parents. In order to set up a service, a school or support organisation or other interested party should contact the Roundabout office. As Roundabout is a charity, the costs of the project have to be covered by fees from the host organisation, or through grants from funders, or a mixture of the two.
Deciding who can use the service
Dramatherapy is accessible to anyone. The only limitations on who can access our service are practical ones relating to time and place and funding.
Is there a charge for the service?
Direct payments, Personal budgets, Own funds
We do not have hoist and tackle, but our dramatherapists can use this equipment safely. Our service is delivered in schools and after-school facilities.
Wheelchair Access, Accessible toilets, Secure environment, Sensory adaptations (such as colour scheme), Sensory room or area, Time out / quiet area, Low stimulus environment, Soft play facility, Physical adaptations (such as hand rails), Accessible parking
Communication methods used
Signs and symbols, British Sign Language, Makaton, PECS
Respite & Support
Respite & Short Breaks, Emotional Well-being, Support groups and Voluntary Organisations, Disabled Children fostering and adoption, Support and family members
Education and childcare
In school therapies, SEN Support, Childcare & Early yrs, Schools, Colleges & Post 16, Transition
Leisure and play
Clubs & activities, Things to do, Friendships & relationships
Preparation for adulthood
Getting involved, Independent living, Parents, siblings and Family carers, Staying healthy, Being an adult
Communicating with parents and carers
The ideas, feed-back and issues of the children and young people involved in Roundabout’s sessions directly influence the development of the project and this application. Our dramatherapy work is prefaced with consultations with the children and young people, staff, and parents. The information from these consultations is used by the dramatherapists as the starting point in developing session structure and plans. Once the sessions are underway, the responses of the children and young people to the sessions, the ideas and issues they raise, and their feed-back within the sessions, become the primary influence on the content and themes of the project. In this way, the children and young people are directly and continuously involved in the development of the work. We will collect evidence of the difference the project has made through: Weekly verbal feed-back from the children and young people Dramatherapists’ notes and observations Individual reports Written feed-back from parents and staff Outcomes Tickboxes PsychlopsKids and Psychlops young people The dramatherapists will also offer the parents feed-back on the work that has taken place with their child/ren before writing reports. This ensures any further relevant responses from the parents or the children can be incorporated.
Is the service fully accessible?
Yes, our service is fully accessible. In terms of the environment, the service is accessible because it takes place in schools and centres which are already designed and equipped for the needs of the children and young people. And the dramatherapy itself is adjusted and structured to ensure it meets the needs and finds a means of communication that are appropriate for each child or young person.
Through the medium of dramatherapy itself. The service is accessible to all because it is not dependent on the use of verbal language or a specific level of learning.