Youth services

Youth services works with young people in Plymouth who are aged between 11 and 19 (up to 25 years old where there is a specific additional need or disability). We make use of a wide range of learning opportunities that allow young people to feel safe, develop as individuals, take part and contribute, as valued members of our community. As well as delivering key programmes and activities, we support external and partnership projects to promote the same values and skills for young people.

The service is made up of teams that focus on different aspects of young people’s lives:

  • Community youth support: offering things to do, places to go and someone to talk to for anyone who wants to access positive activities or information, advice or support.
  • Targeted youth support: supporting people who feel unsafe, vulnerable or have additional needs that require one-to-one or more specialist support.
  • Youth justice: providing support for people who have become involved in the criminal justice system.

Our staff support the young people of Plymouth in all aspects of their lives. These include:

  • Youth Workers who support generic and specialised work within area and targeted teams.
  • Personal Advisors who support young people over the age of 18 who are leaving care.
  • Workers from different professions (including Social Workers, Youth Offending Workers, Police and  Probations Officers, Mental Health Practitioners and Education Welfare Officers) who work together to support young people under the age of 18, who have either been accused of committing, or have committed, a crime. This team also work with young people to prevent them from offending.

These teams are supported by the Business Support Team, who provide high level business and administrative support across the three service areas (Community Youth, Targeted Youth and Youth Justice), managed by the Business Support Manager.

The Business Support Team provide support to the following:

  • Area teams: youth centres, Streetwise and Intensive Support
  • Central (HQ): City-wide projects and developments- lead support roles include The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE), Summer Mix, UKYP, grants and funding, Facebook and website developments
  • Service Manager and project support: project areas include Accident & Emergency, mobile Urbies, the Skate Park and Targeted Youth Work analysis of funding effectiveness
  • Central (HQ) workforce support: Personnel, volunteers, workforce development, recruitment, minute taking, disseminating training and processes, collating statistical information, out of hours processes
  • Youth Offending team: Preparing court paperwork, data input, out of hours processes
  • Care Leavers team: Case transfers and closures, payments to young people, out of hours processes
  • Participation team: Support of UKYP, DofE, Summer Mix, Young Ambassadors

In addition the team has a Business Support Officer and a Finance Officer. Both of whom provide support throughout all parts of Youth Services.

Download Youth Services Strategy [344KB]