Student Assistant Programme (SAP)
The Student Assistance Programme (SAP) is a comprehensive model of primary prevention and early intervention that utilises learning activities and support groups for pupils across all key stages, including those who may be vulnerable. It can also support the adults who care for and work with the pupils.
SAP provides a resource/intervention tool for schools, delivering a systematic programme of education, identification, assessment, referral and support for all pupils, including those whose individual, family and social difficulties are impacting on their ability to develop, learn and function as whole and healthy individuals in both school and the wider community.
The groups provide an excellent tool to support transition between key stages. The goals of support groups are: to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness; to provide a sense of connectedness with self and others; practice giving and receiving support for healthy living skills; identify self-defeating behaviours and to break through denial; receive nurturing and affirmation for growth; increase self-awareness and self-esteem; provide validation and encouragement; reduce feelings of shame; learn how to form healthy relationships; provide a trusting environment; learn how to care for self and others; learn to let others care about self.