Youth Inclusion & Support Program

The Youth Inclusion and Support Program (YISP) is a project that works with young people aged 8-17 years old who may be at risk of becoming involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour. YISP offers support and encouragement to help young people to make the right choices about their future and reach their full potential.

The service is offered at no cost to young people or their families.

If a young person is referred to the project, it is because someone who they have been in contact with is concerned that they may be at risk of getting into trouble and could benefit from some extra support.

Once a referral has been made, YISP arranges to visit the young person and their family at home to explain more about the project. If everyone is happy to be part of the project, YISP will then work to create an individual support plan showing what activities they will do and who will be involved. The key aim is to address any problems the young person may have and to help them explore their talents and interests.

Each partnership is expected to last 3-6 months.

YISP is a multi-agency project. This means other professionals are involved, and together they are able to offer a wide range of support and activities for young people and their families.

Support can be offered at home, at school or elsewhere in the community. YISP works with young people on a one-to-one basis or in small groups, and activities might include:

  • Learning how to deal with problems or difficult situations
  • Developing self-esteem and confidence
  • Building communication, team working and leadership skills
  • Exploring such issues as bullying, having responsibilities, stick to boundaries and the consequences of behaviour on others
  • Looking at topics such as personal health and safety, including learning more about the dangers of alcohol and drugs
  • Participating in sports, art and music activities
  • Going on trips to a wide range of places
  • Trying something new, the possibilities are endless!

 

At the end of their time with the project, YISP aims to help young people feel more empowered to make better choices about their lifestyle and future.

Parental/carer consent is needed before a young person can be referred to the project. Parents and carers are encouraged to be involved at every stage and are regularly updated on the young person’s progress.

YISP is always keen to work closely with families and hear about any concerns or feedback they may have.

If you would like to know more, please contact Anna Skippon:

Tel: 07834 841509

Email: Anna.Skippon@kent.gov.uk

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