Wirral’s youth team resumes work to educate and support young people through COVID-19
Staff from Wirral’s Detached Youth Team have resumed their vital youth engagement work, with a focus on supporting and educating young people who are not following social distancing guidelines.
The Detached Youth Work Team - through working closely with partners to share local intelligence - has identified hotspots in Wirral where young people are congregating. Staff from the team will have a presence in these highlighted areas, where they will encourage groups to follow guidelines to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
The team will use its specialist skills and resources to educate young people about the latest social distancing measures, including how and why they should be following them. They will advise young people to go home if it is safe and will put safeguarding procedures in place if they have any concerns.
Staff in the team will be following social distancing procedures themselves.
The return of the Detached Youth Work Team (part of the council’s Contextual Safeguarding Service and Youth Matters Team) follows a temporary suspension of their work in response to Coronavirus Government guidelines. Following reports of some young people gathering and putting themselves at risk, the service has resumed to continue its trusted relationship with the borough’s young people.
Paul Boyce, Corporate Director for Children’s Services said:
“The Detached Youth Team has always played a vital role in engaging with Wirral’s young people and providing support to them on the ground. They support some of the borough’s most vulnerable so having them resume their work in some capacity is vital.
"We need to still have that trusted presence through the team in hotpots, so that young people who may be at risk have guidance. They will also be key in raising awareness for those young people who may not be fully aware of the severity of the current health crisis and the risky situation they are putting themselves in by not following social distancing.”
Young people will also be offered advice where needed and will be signposted to online support services and information that they can access at home, if needed.
Find out more about the council’s Detached Youth Work Team and Youth Matters online.
In response to the current health crisis a dedicated freephone helpline has been set up by Wirral Council to support young people who may be struggling.
Children and young people can call 0808 196 4147 to speak to one of the advisors who will be there to take their call.