We aim to provide multi-agency and holistic working in a hard to reach group of young people who are part of the Youth Justice System. We have teams in the following areas: West Cheshire, East Cheshire and South Cheshire & Vale Royal.
Each team consists of a range of professionals including:
- Registered mental health nurses
- Occupational therapists
We have a range of experience that compliments each other including; children’s mental health, adult mental health, secure and non-secure units and have subsequently built up a plethora of therapeutic skills and interventions.
Young people in the YJS can often lead chaotic lives. They can forget or even avoid appointments, find clinical areas daunting and may not have the support at home to ensure they attend health appointments. With this in mind, we have the flexibility to operate in a way that other health providers cannot (working beyond the traditional 9am-5pm day).
We meet with young people at jointly convenient times and bases including their own homes. We remind them of appointments through text messages, write therapeutic letters to increase engagement and can accompany them to medical appointments. Furthermore, there is no strict criteria for a health assessment, we take a screen out process in order to prevent health needs deteriorating and with the hope of improving young people’s opinions and confidence in mental health services as highlighted. The young people we help support stay with us whilst they are part of the Youth Justice Service.
West Cheshire Office (covering Cheshire West and Chester Local Authority areas)
South Cheshire Office (covering East Cheshire Local Authority areas)
Referrals to this team are through the Justice System (Law Courts).