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New Directions

Barnardo's New Directions and The Source Services

A mural

New Directions Service

New Directions Service works with young people involved in persistent and serious offending behaviour and anti-social behaviour.  The service aims to reduce/end the offending behaviour of young people by offering an intensive intervention programme.  We liaise closely with other services and acknowledge that the effectiveness of the work we undertake with young people is enhanced by a multi-agency approach working with our partners in Grampian Police, Social Work, Education, NHS Grampian and voluntary agencies.

Engaging young people is essential for effective intervention.  The achievements of New Directions therefore, owes a great deal to the young people themselves and to the skill and determination of the project staff.

The Source Service

In addition to our core service, we have a substance misuse practitioner who works with young people with substance misuse problems who are involved in, or at risk of offending behaviour.  This service was established in 2004, and although originally commissioned to work with young people attending the core service, the project has been extended to all young people in Aberdeen who meet the referral criteria.