London Borough of Redbridge Youth and Community Service
Hainault Youth Centre
By September 2006, the London Borough of Redbridge Youth and Community Service will be ‘fit for purpose’, flexible, focussed and confident. A diverse, skilled and supported workforce will offer dynamic programmes to meet the needs of today’s young people. The Youth Centre and staff will be an integral part of this.
Hainault Youth Centre is committed to encouraging, empowering and challenging young people to realise their potential and to shape their communities, through enjoyable learning opportunities and supportive interventions.
Hainault Youth Centre will endeavour to:
Offer a universal service to 11-25 year olds that is differentiated and aims to prioritise the needs of young people who fall into one or more of these target groups:
o Are 13 – 19
o Are not in employment, education or training.
o From Black and Minority Ethnic and different cultural Groups including asylum seekers and refugees.
o Have a physical, sensory, mental health or learning disability.
o Are young carers.
o Are young parents.
o Are young people at risk of engaging in or becoming victims of criminal or anti social behaviour.
o Are young people engaged in or at risk of becoming engaged in risk taking activities
o At risk of not making effective transitions into secondary or tertiary education, training or work.
o Are seeking impartial information, support and access (including electronic access) to specialist advice on health, relationships, sexuality, employment, education or training, accommodation and housing, benefits and managing debt.
o Are young people exploring their sexuality or identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender
o Are not traditionally users of the Service
Agree a clear strategy to target services to meet the unmet needs of young people in these priority groups and improve their participation in the centre.
Work collaboratively with Partners to plan, provide and evaluate services to young people and to support borough wide cross cutting targets.
Secure accessible and safe youth provision for young people in the community, in partnership with other agencies and voluntary sector organisations.
Offer a balanced curriculum that is based on and supports the needs of the target groups. Ensuring that it is balanced and includes opportunities for accreditation.
Ensure sufficient financial and staffing resource for the centre to meet the demands of the Transforming Youth Work Agenda and effective strategic planning and resource deployment.
Implement an effective management information system that supports informed strategic decision-making.
Provide sufficient numbers of skilled staff that reflects the cultural and social diversity of the area, supported by an effective staff training structure.
Involve the staff team in building and implementing a clearly defined quality assurance framework that supports the service curriculum and is linked to the Joint Area Review Framework.
Involve young people in the strategic management, design, delivery and evaluation of services.