Cardiff Youth Service's response to youth homelessness is ensuring that young people who may be displaying early signs of youth homelessness through a number of different criteria are identified, and a preventative response is offered. This is undertaken through utilising a number of different data sources, including the VAP and the Upstream screening tool. These tools will identify those young people who could benefit from the support which is on offer. Support ranges from: family mediation, one-to-one support, group work and informal homelessness awareness sessions.
Additionally, an importance is placed upon ensuring young people with lived experiences are consulted on any developments or deliveries which are offered to young people. Cardiff Youth Service's role is to ensure these developments and deliveries play a pivotal role in underpinning the homelessness agenda within the service.
Moreover, developing an operational group for professionals working with young people experiencing homelessness is to be set up. The purpose is to ensure that a robust response is offered across the city along with a clear and accessible youth homelessness pathway. If you would like to join this group please get in touch through the details below.
A whole Service approach
- Deliver the Opening Doors activity pack for young people 11-18 years, an awareness and introduction to youth homelessness.
- Deliver the Right Track Pack for information around housing and homelessness.
- Staff training surrounding youth homelessness to understand how to recognise the signs, offer the right information and support, clear of the homelessness pathway and young people’s rights to access appropriate housing and housing support.
- Gather and collate data as appropriate, to identify early, those young people who may be displaying characteristics which might result in youth homelessness (i.e. sofa surfing, family breakdown/conflict, poor attendance in school, domestic violence, criminal activities, isolation, bereavement, LGBTQ etc.)
- Work with young people with lived experiences to support the development and delivery of youth homelessness awareness within each provision and tailor current intervention in order to promote young people’s voices.
- Deliver sessions on managing good mental health and wellbeing to develop ability to “cope” with challenges which might lead to youth homelessness (strength-based and centre-based interventions)
- Support young people into Employment, Education, Training or Volunteering to reduce the risk of becoming disengaged and the risk of becoming homeless.