In the Youth Support Team, we work with approximately 6,000 vulnerable young people.
We target specific groups of young people who are the most at risk of not making a successful transition into adulthood. We also deliver statutory services, and operate across Gloucestershire through our youth support centres and mobile centres, as well as in schools, and with families and young people in their homes.
Our multi-disciplinary team is made up of youth workers and family support, health and careers specialists, social workers, police and probation officers. Acting as an integrated team, we identify young people who are most at risk, and intervene early to prevent issues and problems from escalating.
More than 90% of young people supported by our team say it has made a difference to their lives.
The Youth Support Team is run by Prospects, which provides a wide range of education, employment and skills services in the UK and internationally. We work on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council, in a partnership which is the first of its kind in England. We have been providing our services since 2008, and in April 2013 our contract was expanded and extended for another three years.
The success of the unique partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Prospects was recognised at a national level, when we won the Best Public/Private Partnership award at the national 2014 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards.
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