Detached Youth Projects
The detached and outreach method of working is becoming increasingly recognised as an effective way of targeting young people who exist outside of regular youth provision services. It not only provides an opportunity to work with young people not engaging in services but also those in more isolated and rural areas where services can be scarce.
Through our detached work we engage with young people on the street, listen to them, build relationships with them and attempt to come to an understanding of their behaviours and their needs.
We seek in the long term to involve young people in diversionary activities and in other youth services. The purpose of outreach is to provide opportunities for personal and social development for young people and to create or reinforce positive lifestyles.
There is also the opportunity to challenge behaviour and attitudes so that young people are more openminded and aware of the impact that what they say and do can have. The role of diversionary activities can be key in providing something to do and distracting from street drinking, anti-social behaviour, etc.
Our staff work alongside the local Community Safety Partnership. Information on local hotspots are
passed onto the teams who then visit these areas during their evening detached sessions, engaging with
young people and seeking to resolve community issues or tensions. Feedback is given to partners on the
progress of engagement and outcomes achieved.
All detached staff are easily identifiable, wearing Y Fleeces, T shirts and ID badges, the brand is recognised and trusted by young people. Staff are provided with training on a variety of topics pertinent to the role.
The detached team further benefits young people by providing learning opportunities through signposting
to accredited and non-accredited programmes and by providing a range of information on;
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Domestic Violence
- Personal and Public Safety
- Training Opportunities
- Local Youth Provision
- Local Facilities and Services