The ages between 11-19 can be a challenging time for young people. School pressures, difficult relationships, emotional well-being, anger, housing, college and work amongst other things can be difficult for Young People to manage alone.
What space* aim to do
Youth Workers understand that young people have the skills and resilience to develop the solutions they need to overcome difficult challenges. Therefore we don’t claim to have the formula to ‘fix’ young people, rather offer encouragement and strategies to find those solutions for themselves. space* are young person focussed. We offer support and facilitation around advocacy and developing relationships. With the young person’s consent we will communicate freely with all connected people, however, the Youth Worker’s primary focus will always be the needs of the young person. The tabs below explain a little more about this area of our support.
space* can focus on a wide range of issues including mental health, cse, anger issues and self esteem, however we would encourage a referral to The Chances Educational Support Service, another branch of space*, if the issue is purely around behaviour within education. This service may incur a charge.
The work will be monitored and reviewed with the young person. When it is agreed that the work should come to an end the young person will be offered ongoing, longer-term, support via a range of open access and universal activities including volunteering.
We accept referrals for targeted work for any young person aged 11-19. We generally work with 11- 19’s but up to 25 if you have SEN or another protected characteristic. In Open Access we generally group young people by age, this allows for more appropriate approach and content as they transition from childhood to adulthood.
If your not sure please contact your local youth centre to discuss your situation
The Early Help Team are made up of practitioners who work with young people and families. They meet weekly in your area to discuss referrals and support families in finding the right service. If you are uncertain what service you need then you can access the Request for Additional Service Form via the Devon Safeguarding Children Board website.
All our targeted work (group or 121) is led by professionally, degree-level trained, Area Youth Workers. Senior Youth Workers who have at least a level 3 or diploma in Youth Work. We also have sessional staff who are trained (or working towards) level 2 or 3 in Youth Work.
All our staff are DBS checked (including our amazing administrative staff) so you can be sure that you will be well looked after
We don’t do waiting lists, young peoples needs and circumstances can change quickly, if we don’t have the capacity to accept a referral, we will let the referer know as soon as possible, and try to help with alternatives, signposting to another agency, or provision. We are always mindful of capacity and the need for a quick response and we weigh that up against providing a quality service for the young people currently in receipt of support. We will contact previously referred young people should we be able to accept them sooner than anticipated.
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