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Preventative services - young children
The aim of pre-crime preventative services is to identify children and young people who are at high risk of offending for the first time or from re-offending if they have already committed offences but have received pre-court disposals (Police Reprimand or Final Warning).
They also covers some strands of early prevention work that aim to prevent young people from behaving anti-socially if they are not also committing criminal offences.
In North Yorkshire these services are provided through:
Targeted Youth Support (TYS)
Targeted Youth Support (TYS) is aimed at helping vulnerable young people early, and in addressing their difficulties as soon as possible, preventing their problems from escalating. This includes preventing them from becoming involved in offending or committing anti-social behaviour. Targeted youth support is able to work with young people who may not meet traditional thresholds for statutory services such as Children's Social Care or specialist services such as a substance misuse team and is available for young people aged 11-19 years old (and up to 25 years old for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities). Targeted youth support practitioners can also work with parents and carers to assist them in meeting their child's needs where this is appropriate.
Targeted youth support is designed to provide co-ordinated early intervention where young people have unmet needs that cannot be provided for by a single service. These may include poor school attendance or multiple exclusions, experimenting with drugs and/or alcohol, difficulties with family relationships, starting to commit offences or display anti-social behaviour, unsafe or inappropriate sexual activity.
The North Yorkshire vulnerability checklist [1mb] [pdf] provides further examples but if in doubt please contact your local Hub (see below for contact details). It would be usual for young people requiring targeted youth support to have a number of these issues.
Referral to Targeted Youth Support Services
TYS is not a crisis service. If there are safeguarding issues relating to the young person concerned you should follow North Yorkshire Safeguarding Board procedures which can be found at www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk
Anyone can make a referral to targeted youth support. This may be a young person who self refers, a parent/carer or a practitioner. All referrals should be made via your local Integrated Youth Support Hub. Referrals will be accepted via drop-in, phone, email, fax, or post. If you are a young person or a parent or carer the Hub staff will complete the referral form for you with information provided by you. Professionals will need to complete a referral form. Young people must give their consent for a referral to be made to targeted youth support. The person making the referral will be responsible for obtaining the consent. For young people aged 11-12 parent/carer consent will also be required and for young people aged 13+ it will depend on their level of understanding and the issues they have.
If you have referred a young person, you will be advised of the action taken and where appropriate the allocated targeted youth support practitioner.
For more information on positive activities in North Yorkshire visit the Gimi website at www.gimi.co.uk.