Youth Alive is a pilot project that aims, through referral to Youth Champions, to connect 10-19 year olds, living or studying anywhere in our Borough, with local services that will increase their engagement in physical activity and social connection. Youth Alive acts as an early intervention in a young person’s life to prevent contact with CAMHS and other statutory services. The project has been commissioned by Enfield CCG and Enfield Council and is administered by Enfield Voluntary Action.
3 Youth Champions with many years experience working with children and young people are able to intervene early and maintain connection when children or young people show signs of needing support. The Youth Champions are from Chickenshed Theatre Company; Focus CIC; and Oasis Academy Hadley.
Please note | This is a ‘light touch’ programme. It is not suitable for children with complex problems. The Youth Champions are not key workers.
Who can make a referral?
Anybody, including healthcare professionals, school staff, LBE Youth Services, parents or the young people themselves, can refer into Youth Alive (Under-16s will require parental consent).
The referral will either be
- forwarded to a Youth Champion; or
- sent to an LBE Health & Wellbeing Youth Worker (in cases where issues are more complex and 1:1 intervention is needed).
In some cases, where the referral is not appropriate, we will contact you to let you know why we are unable to refer.
If referred to a Youth Champion
- The young person will be invited to meet with the Youth Champion to complete a needs assessment and pre-evaluation survey.
- The Youth Champion will work with the young person to support access to non-school services / activities, aimed at embedding physical activity into their lives and enabling them to make positive new connections with other people.
- Communication will be maintained both with the young person and you, including if there are found to be waiting lists for the activities identified, or services are currently unavailable.
- The Youth Champion will regularly review progress made by the young person, and identify and agree if any further intervention becomes necessary – updating you accordingly.
- At the end you will be advised if (a) the young person is now successfully engaging in meaningful community-based activities (b) the young person requires further intervention from a different service or (c) there is no longer a need for intervention.
Please note | The referrer retains responsibility for safeguarding. Safeguarding concerns will be referred back immediately to the referrer.
How to make a referral
To request a referral form, or to find out more about the project, please contact
Chris Scutt, EVA Project Manager
By email – firstname.lastname@example.org or
By phone 07 513 358 072