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Crisis services allow youth to be diverted from the child welfare and criminal justice systems. Our professional staff provides immediate, Our Crisis Team performs front-line crisis intervention for run-away, locked out, homeless and ungovernable youth. Help us provide our youth with a better future. Services are available 24 hours a day of the year. We know that finding the right support is important, especially if […]

Crisis services allow youth to be diverted from the child welfare and criminal justice systemsOur professional staff provides immediate, Our Crisis Team performs front-line crisis intervention for run-away, locked out, homeless and ungovernable youth. Help us provide our youth with a better future. Services are available 24 hours a day of the year.

We know that finding the right support is important, especially if you need someone to talk to right  now. We aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer promptly to provide crisis help. They will  listen to you and help you think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better.

A 24hrs community-based resource for youth in crisis and their families ·

1. Assessment ·

2. Intervention ·

3. Stabilisation ·

4. Referrals to community resources.

These are mainly through crisis intervention, advocacy, motivational interactions and leisure time activities in order to develop their mental,advocacy, motivational interactions and leisure time activities in order .

 

A LACK OF YOUTH SERVICES

Of course, like youth homelessness involvement in violence and criminal activity is the result of a complicated interplay of factors. These issues range from poverty and exclusion to peer groups and poor mental health.

However speaking to both young people and practitioners, a common theme keeps recurring – the lack of quality youth services and opportunities available for young people before they reach crisis point.

For example, the Safer Lives Survey in the interim report of the Youth Violence Commission asked “If there was one thing you could change that you think would make young people safer, what would it be?”

Over 2,200 young people responded, with the most popular answer being “the provision of more youth centres, sport clubs and other youth activities in their local areas”.

As well as giving critical respite to parents and carers, and providing a place for young people to congregate other than on the streets, staffed young services can offer advice and support on a range of issues. They also provide safe spaces for non-formal education, and are key to providing personal and social development that is so beneficial to an individual, their community and society.

Youth services also provide a crucial first step that can help prevention of so many other needs later on in a young person’s life. One Centrepoint young person, in discussing reasons why he became homeless after family breakdown, speak about the closure of his local youth centres.

“Those places were good because people got together. Your friends were there. There were things to do instead of just roaming the streets. Now parents just worry. They’re fretting that you’re going to get stabbed,” he said.

Centrepoint staff and key workers support young people and keep them safe as they move on from homelessness. But access to quality youth work has a part to play in making sure they don’t become homeless in the first place.

That’s why tgs foundation is supporting calls to ensure that quality youth work is available to all young people across the UK. Without the support, advice and guidance that committed youth workers can offer, we fear that more young people will end up in crisis situations – whether that’s losing a job, a place to live or worse.

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