About Us

Our Vision

At engage in their future, our vision is for every child who faces Social, Emotional and Mental Health challenges (SEMH) to benefit from high quality education in every setting.

Our Objectives

  • To provide peer support for leaders of all schools (mainstream and special) for pupils experiencing SEMH needs.
  • To promote the sharing of good practice to all schools in order to improve the education and welfare of pupils.
  • To influence policy and practice by providing a collective voice and representing the views of SEMH school leaders locally, regionally and nationally.

Our Mission

engage in their future exists as an organisation of specialist leaders in SEMH. The organisation works across all educational environments and with all age groups, sharing support, experience and best practice advice with all school communities. It provides advocacy for those with challenging behaviour and those working them, and continually works to help improve the education and welfare of pupils. By providing a collective voice for its members, engage in their future will inform and influence the national debate on SEMH issues.

How we deliver our mission…

We offer and share support, advice and expertise to SEMH school leaders across all educational settings through co-ordinated peer to peer networking opportunities, including regionally and nationally organised events.

  • Our Regional Representatives provide additional support and guidance.
  • Our Peer-to-Peer Network offers all schools the opportunity to connect with experienced SEMH professionals with the aim of sharing experience, advice and support across all types of issues.
  • We provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their progress, achievements, and abilities on a national platform alongside their peers.
  • Our National Awards and National Creative Awards provide school communities with opportunities to recognise and celebrate the accomplishments and capabilities of their students.
  • We partner with professional services providers to offer member schools discounts on relevant resources.
  • Our Resources hub encourages the sharing of useful resources amongst our network of member schools.
  • We express a collective voice and unified advocacy for young people facing SEMH challenges and those working with them and, when appropriate, working with other associations to do so.

Registered Charity

  • The organisation has been a registered charity (No. 1110473) since 2005, amending its name to engage in their future in February 2010.
  • The people responsible under the charity’s governing document for controlling the management and administration of the charity are Brendan Joseph Heneghan, Stephen Francis Cliffen and Lawrence Bartel who act as Trustees.
  • engage in their future currently has around 100 member schools across England and Wales.

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