What is Services for Young People? Stockport Council’s Services for Young People (SfYP) is designed to support children and young people who are not participating (or at risk of not participating) in learning. SfYP works with children and young people aged 5 to 19 (25 for young people with disabilities).
The principal service objective for SfYP is that:
“All children and young people will participate in meaningful and sustainable learning in order to maximise their full potential, as they progress to responsible adulthood.”
Key priorities for SfYP are:
- To increase attendance and reduce persistent absence of children and young people in compulsory education, with particular regard to unauthorised absence.
- To increase participation in learning post-16, with particular regard to reducing the number of young people aged 16-18 not in education employment or training (NEET) and prepare for the raising of the participation age to 17 in 2013 and 18 in 2015.
We have a team of skilled practitioners, Young People’s Workers (YPWs), who deliver on our priorities by working with a caseload of children and young people referred to us by our partners and young people themselves. Although principally operating in and from schools, SfYP maintains a network of Young People’s Centres located in the borough’s priority areas; these are Adswood, Brinnington, Offerton, Reddish and Stockport Central.
Who do we work with? SfYP work with children and young people who have significant barriers to learning, in particular those from the following groups:
- Missing in education
- Teenage mothers
- At risk of/with poor attendance
- Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET)
- Failing to engage
- At risk of exclusion/not on school roll
- At risk of becoming NEET
- Looked after Children/ Care Leavers
- With learning difficulties and disabilities
- Young Carers
The referral process. We have a referral form for use when a child or young person’s only identified need is that s/he is not participating (or at risk of not participating) in learning.
How do we work with children and young people? Once a child or young person is referred, they are assigned to a Young People’s Worker (YPW) who will carry out an assessment with the child or young person to establish what barriers are preventing him/her from engaging in meaningful and sustainable learning. The YPW will then work with the child or young person to develop a package of support which will include a range of interventions including advice and guidance, one to one support, group work and advocacy.
We will work with children and young people on a range of issues impacting on their ability to engage in learning, including:
- Anger Management
- Other activities to address their needs.
We work with young people at school or college or at one of our Young People’s Centres.
How do we work with parents/carers? If a child or young person has been referred because there is an attendance issue, we additionally work with parents or carers; this is because it is the parent/cares legal respoinsibility to ensure their child attends school. YPWs are there primiarily to support and encourage parent/carers to put in place strategies that will improve their child attendance. Workers will make home visits and or arrange meetings in school and attendance will be monitored until it is at an acceptable level.