Preventing adolescents entering care
Known as Gweres Tus Yowynk (GTY), Cornish for “helping young people”, this service involves a team of 9, which includes 3 social workers, 3 targeted youth workers and 3 functional family therapists.
The main aim of the service, which lasts around 6 months, is to prevent the young person entering care. It’s mainly for young people for whom there is no social work involvement at the time of referral.
Referrals to the service can come from a school, the police, parents or others. The case is picked up by the adolescent team and either the social worker, or targeted youth worker, acts as the main case worker.
Over the 6 month period, the young person and their family works closely with the social worker and, or targeted youth worker, supported by other key professionals and functional family therapists if appropriate. The functional family therapist focuses on improving communication and de-escalating tension within the family
As well as 3 key case workers, other organisations can be engaged with the family if appropriate.