Targeted Youth Support work in Islington

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 provide 1:1 support  and group work programmes in community settings and complete  Return Home Interviews for young people reported missing.

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 out of court disposals in Islington, which is where a young person (under 18)  has been arrested for a low gravity offence to which they have admitted.  It is expected that young people comply fully with the 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.  Failure to engage can result in the Police referring the case to court for consideration.

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 2014/15 TYS worked with 928 young people.  Of these young people, 153 received a triage intervention, with 86% of these young people not going on to re-offend within a year of completion.   87% of all the young people were aged 13-19 years old.  141 young people were referred to the Youth Counselling Service and 101 to the Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service (IYPDAS).  TYs delivered 508 detached sessions and 70 Return Home Interviews plus a number of group work programmes and school sessions.

To enquire about making a referral to this service; please email