The Essex Youth Service have been commissioned by The Police, Fire and Crime services to work with young people aged 13-19 and up to 25 with additional needs in Basildon hospital.
This has been part of a one-year pilot project and we are so lucky to be able to help these young people.
Our team have been engaged with 80 young people working in A&E and in children's wards since July 2019. These young people are victims of violence or who are showing signs such as mental health issues, sexual health issues or risky behaviours.
The goal is to create a support plan once they have left the hospital. This support could involve contacting existing communities and other services who can provide access to youth groups and referrals to 1-to-1 work. Engagement with the service is completely voluntary.
One parent, when asked about the service said, “they are great!”. The hospital staff have said, “You have been really helpful and go above and beyond your role to help”.
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