Intervention Services

Intervention Services for Young People in Devon

Supporting young people in their personal development

Running Deer’s Intervention Service provide young people at risk of exclusion the support they need, when they need it most.

We have the experience and expertise to provide an individually tailored programme for young people aged 8 years and upwards. Our high support programmes are designed to stimulate and challenge the young person, furthering their personal development and learning.

Alongside our therapeutic work we also offer education with one of our qualified Tutors. We provide individual education packages including KS2-KS4 and specific support for Special Educational Needs.

Running Deer’s Intervention service is tailored to suit individual needs and supports your young person in their personal development including improved self-esteem, confidence and communication, social and emotional wellbeing.

This programme offers more options for the young person and includes activities outside of our woodland setting, for example KS2-KS4 tutoring, swimming, climbing, orienteering, community engagement, horse riding and work experience.

The Intervention service is aimed at young people 13 years and over although younger children may also benefit from this programme and can support a young person 1 to 5 days per week for as long as necessary.

Therapy Dog Support

“Wulf didn’t do anything amazing but it feels like he is doing something amazing” Liam age 10.

Wulf, our therapy dog has been a part of Running Deer since it was founded in 2011. Wulf works with young people on a 1:1 basis with Jo, his owner and handler. Wulf supports those with emotional, behavioural or sensory issues, those struggling with social interaction or who suffer from low self-esteem and even those who are afraid of dogs.

His patient nature and understanding has supported a lot of young people who have attended Running Deer. Wulf loves his cuddles, enjoys going for walks with our students and has been used as a foot warmer in the classroom!

Running Deer Staff

Running Deer staff have the following qualifications, certificates and training:

  • Enhanced DBS certificate for children and adult workforce.
  • Enhanced Safeguarding.
  • GSA Physical Interventions and De-escalation 3 day course.
  • First Aid in the Workplace Level 3.
  • Activity (Outdoor) First Aid Level 2.
  • Child protection training.
  • Health and Safety training.


What clients say about our Intervention Services...

  • "Can I take this opportunity to say thank you for all of your support with AP and teaching him skills that will make a life long difference to him. You offer a fantastic provision for children and we would not hesitate to refer children in the future."

    Carrie Inclusions Officer
  • "Words can never express the gratitude from us all here at St Luke's with the work and commitment you and your team put into supporting young people in Devon."
    Lorraine Teacher
  • "Through your help we have been able to keep this child from permanent exclusion and enable a smooth transition to his new school."
    Alison Teacher