• What is this service?
  • Who is it for?
  • What does it offer?
  • Where is it available?
  • Next Steps

We work with children and young people, at risk of being, or already involved in serious youth violence and knife crime.

What is this service?

We believe that children and young people involved in gangs and/or youth violence (whether victim or perpetrator) are, first and foremost, vulnerable and in need of support and protection.

The Salus delivery model of youth mentoring is based on solid evidence of what works, using a flexible, responsive and partnership approach to fully meet the needs of each young person.

Who is it for?

We work with children and young people (CYP) between the ages of 10 – 17 years, at risk of being, or already involved in serious youth violence.

What does it offer?

While it will be bespoke to individual need, the service will be based on four key strands

  1. Engagement: We will work closely with partners to identify ‘reachable’ moments to engage young people following referral.
  2. Intervention:  The model offers maximum flexibility, based on core activities:

Mentoring All young people will be supported through a highly-skilled and experienced Youth Mentor. The Youth Mentor will work flexibly to deliver focused support that is:

Constructive: centred on creating a positive identity, future oriented, strengths based, trauma informed

Co-created: Jointly designed and delivered with young people and their families

Customised: Individual, flexible and highly diverse.

Consistent: Focused on positive, trusted relationships and community networks

Co-ordinated: support from relevant partners is well managed/co-ordinated to reduce duplication and confusion

While the development of a trusted relationship is central to the service, the Mentors will have a wealth of tools at their disposal from highly structured social skills or social competence programmes, to an understanding of how to enact the theory underpinning desistance or mentalisation, to using restorative approaches to repair relationships in the home and community.

Where is it available?

The service is available countywide across Kent and Medway (fee payable).

Next Steps

Referrals can be made by Children’s Social Work Teams, Adolescent Early Help and Youth Justice teams from North Kent and Medway, as well as the police.

If you wish to refer a YP to the project as part of the Protect or Prevent cohorts, please enquire.