Prospects runs the Youth Support Service on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.
The team works with approximately 6,000 vulnerable young people in the county, targeting specific groups who are most at risk of not making a successful transition into adulthood. This includes young offenders and those on the edge of the criminal justice system, looked after children and care leavers over the age of 16, unemployed young people, homeless young people, teenage parents, young people who run away from home or care, young people with disabilities and/or learning difficulties and young people with substance misuse issues or other health needs.
The Youth Support Team is multi-disciplinary, made up of youth workers, careers specialists, health and family support workers, police and probation officers. We seek to identify young people at risk and intervene early to prevent issues and problems escalating. In addition, we deliver a number of statutory services such as the Youth Offending Service, Looked After Children, Care Leavers aged 16+ and transition support for young people with learning and or physical disabilities.
We work in each of the six districts in the county through our Youth Support Centres, mobile centres to support young people in rural areas, in schools that have high numbers of young people who become unemployed on leaving school and all schools which require support for special needs pupils. We also work with families and young people in their homes.
The types of issues we help young people with are;
- Information and advice about education
- Employment and training
- School problems
- Emotional health and well being
- Being a young parent
- Sexual health
- Problems with drugs and alcohol
- Being in the care system
- Support leaving the care system
- Housing and homelessness
- Being (or at risk of being) in trouble with the police.