Detached youth work is a distinct form of youth work that engages young people, aged between 10-24yrs, on the streets rather than a conventional youth work setting. Detached youth workers work where young people have chosen to be, whether this is on the streets, greens, shopping centres etc. Workers make contact with young people wherever they are and build relationships over a period of time. Detached youth work takes its lead from young people and helps them to work out what their needs and goals are and then supports them in taking action to meet those needs and goals.
How do we do it…
Provide young people with information, advice and support
Develop and maintain contact with young people
Support young people who do not access existing services
Recruit for specific programmes and services
Provide informal opportunities for social and personal development
Support young people to access other supports and appropriate services