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YEF Programme

Solihull Community Educational Psychology Service and the Youth Offending Service (YOS) have been successful in the joint bid for Youth Endowment Funding (YEF) – COVID 19 to enable face to face delivery of detached youth work to support young people at risk of youth violence, supported by a robust psychological programme. This is an exciting expansion to the YOS’s Prevention Service which supports young people at risk of offending.

The particular focus for this programme are young people:
• Aged 10– 14 years old
• Residing in Kingshurst, Smiths Wood and Chelmsley Wood
• Displaying anti-social behaviour
• At risk of committing a criminal offence

The programme aims to deliver targeted youth work underpinned by key psychological theory and practice with young people at risk of being drawn in to violent crime in their local community.

Key outcomes:

– Earlier identification of young people at risk of entering the youth justice system
– Earlier opportunities to provide targeted support using sound and robust psychological theory
– Better engagement with young people in their community to assist, inform and shape prosocial pathways

Following COVID the YOS has now reinstated the prevention offer and we are welcoming referrals that fulfil the usual criteria but in particular those as outlined above.  Referrals for the service can be made through the Solihull interagency referral form and selecting Child/Young person at risk of offending/anti- social behaviour as the primary concern.  Alongside completion of the inter-agency referral form we ask you to complete a vulnerability index.  The vulnerability index is a screening tool that has been developed to highlight key indicators associated with young people at risk of entering the youth justice system.   You can find the vulnerability index here:

Vulnerability Index October 2020 V01