Targeted Youth Support work in Islington

The Bronze Group

The Bronze Group is a multi agency operational meeting which aims to prevent and reduce young people’s involvement in gang activity, group offending and violent crime in Islington. The work of the Bronze Group is underpinned by the overall aim to prevent harm to children and young people. It aims to do this through the sharing of information and the most effective coordination of resources to work with individuals and groups.

For further information on The Bronze Group please contact Catherine Briody at catherine.briody@islington.gov.uk   Tel: 0207 527 6662

Targeted Youth Support

TYS works with young people aged 10 to 21 years old (12 – 21 for Youth Counselling), who require additional support to enable them to make informed choices and maintain positive pathways.  The team includes specialist Substance Misuse Workers, a Youth Counselling Service and Targeted Youth Support Workers who can provide assessment, 1:1 and group work support, education, Return Home Interviews and care planning.

Targeted youth support is specific, tailored interventions aimed at young people and their families who need extra provision on top of universally provided services.  They work with each young person from their own starting point, drawing in partners, peer and parents as appropriate, challenging and enabling them to understand the consequences of their actions.

TYS undertake all Triage disposals in Islington.  Triage is a police out of court disposal for under 18s who have been arrested for a low gravity offence to which they have admitted.  It is expected that young people comply fully with the Triage intervention, addressing their crime, motivation to change and impact on any victims.  All young people must also see the Liaison and Diversion Nurse for a mental health screening.  If young people complete the Triage intervention fully the TYS Worker will recommended cancellation of bail.  If they fail to fully engage they will have to return to the Police station and answer bail.

TYS teams also deliver work in local secondary schools covering issues such as substance misuse, positive and healthy relationships, keeping safe, gangs, weapons awareness and joint enterprise.  Teams also work with partners such as Children’s Social Care, IFIT and Families First to support the young person within the Children and Families Plan.

TYS retain a strong emphasis on community-based delivery providing support within local community settings and working with local neighbourhood services to enhance community cohesion and prevent escalation of anti-social behaviour (ASB).  TYS deploy  youth trucks and detached teams across the borough based on intelligence and ASB reports, working with young people where they meet and congregate, encouraging  them to participate in group work and connecting them into their local areas.

In 2013/14 TYS worked with 624 young people.

Of the 624 young people engaged with Targeted Youth Support (TYS) in 2013/14, 105 of these received a triage intervention; 85% of young people receiving a triage intervention did not go on to re-offend within a year of completion.   

67% of all young people were male; 33% female.  13% of the young people were aged 12 or under; 56% were aged 13-17 years old and 31% aged 18+.

TYS delivered 11 Knife Crime Prevention Programmes over the year; a Community Alcohol Programme with 48 young people participating and Stop and Search and Joint Enterprise Workshops to 30 young people. TYS conducted 86 home visits; 28 group work sessions on ASB and crime to 179 young people; 871 1:1 sessions and over 500 detached youth work sessions.

TYS supported over 40 young people to move from NEET into Education, Employment or Training; 98 young people reported increased resilience and the ability to manage their feelings; 118 reported increased self-confidence and self esteem; 93 reported improved relationships wit h their families; 168 improved their participation in community –based positive activities; 60 young people improved their school attendance and 7 young people became volunteers.

156 young people were referred to the our Youth Counselling Service of whom 49% continued to undertake a course of counselling sessions; 7 young people were trained in recruitment and selection and sat on interview panels for staff in TSCFS and CAMHS.  Of the 71 young people  who participated in specialist substance misuse interventions 39% successfully reduced their substance use, with a further 10% becoming abstinent.

To enquire about making a referral to this service; please email tys@islington.gov.uk