Family support: Supporting parents, carers and families in the community and in diverse cultural circumstances. Guidance and advice aimed at supporting vulnerable children and their families.
YouTurn service description
YouTurn supports children and young people who are at risk of becoming involved in gangs and violent crime in the south London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Croydon. Barnardo’s YouTurn project workers work directly with schools, community groups and families to help 11 to 24-year-olds make better life choices, including girls and young women, with a particular focus on young people from black and minority ethnic communities.
The initiative runs until 2019 with funding from Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme. It is based on a successful YouTurn project run by Barnardo’s in Southwark and Lambeth between 2012 and 2015, which carried out group work sessions with more than 300 young people in schools and in the community, and provided intensive one-to-one support for 31 at-risk young people. Nine out of ten of those supported were from BME communities.
The project has three key elements:
Prevention – including an intensive six-week programme for parents and families, bi-monthly family forums and weekly meetings for parents and carers referred through social care.
Whole-school approach – working closely with schools to deliver a six-week programme across the whole school, including age-appropriate work with individual year groups and sessions with staff and parents and carers.
Intensive support – six months of weekly (or more regular) targeted one-to-one support from a project worker, followed by ongoing support from a volunteer befriender.
The Hub Construction Skills Centre
The Rosalind Green Hall
47 Stepney Green