There is a targeted support team locally who work on a short term, intensive basis with young people and their families/carers. Young people are referred if they are at risk of being placed in care due to family breakdown or if they are moving placement or returning home from care. The service aims to support young people and their families at these difficult times. Referral is through a duty social worker.
The Youth Offending Team (YOT) works with young people aged 13-18 years who live in the city to reduce reoffending and protect the public. These are usually young people who have already made a court appearance. The team includes staff from the probation, police, health, education and Compass drug and alcohol services.
The Multi Systemic Therapy (MST) team is an intensive outreach service working with young people and their families who are at risk of going into custody or care. The service works primarily with young people involved with youth offending services, or those showing significant anti-social behaviour at home, at school or in the community