Published 23rd April 2018
Bexley Targeted Youth Service (TYS) provides focused support for any of the following worries facing young people (aged 12-17) who are:
- at risk of involvement in crime
- at risk of school exclusion
- living with family domestic abuse, drugs and alcohol and/or mental ill-health
- vulnerable teenagers involved with statutory services or going missing from home
Pathways to TYS support can be from a range of agencies including the Police, Schools, Education (e.g. Inclusion and Education Welfare), Family Wellbeing Service, Youth Offending Team, Children’s Social Care; Specialist Services (e.g. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Substance Misuse Treatment Service, Voluntary Sector) and Self-Referrals. The service offers bespoke, flexible and adaptable support which can be tailored to individual needs and peer groups. It has been informed and configured through consultation and feedback from children and young people, parents, youth workers and the voluntary sector and was created in partnership between the local authority and young people. For example, our ‘safe place to be’ open access Hub evenings are in place as a direct result of young people asking for somewhere safe to go and see youth workers without appointments to talk about any worries or fears.
The model is framed around four area-based TYS Hubs with targeted youth workers leading each hub* offer:
Hub 1 Lovel (Welling Youth Centre);
Hub 2 Slade Green (Howbury Centre);
Hub 3 Thamesmead (Church of the Cross);
Hub 4 Specialist (motorbike project, special education needs, youth council, looked after children homework club).
- One to one support;
- Group work and peer group programmes;
- Street based support;
- Safe place to be;
- Targeted Commissioned services
|2017/18||Registration and Footfall Data||Q1||Q2||Q3|
|Slade Green, Thamesmead & Welling||Total number registered in the hubs (excluding specialist hub)||302||451||630|
|New registrations in the hubs in the quarter (excluding specialist hub)||0||149||179|
|Hub footfall – Attendance (excluding specialist hub)||146||152||150|
|All hubs||1-2-1 Work||97||28||10|
|Number of young people completing 12 weeks engagement||10||6||18|
|Number of exits from hubs (including specialist hub)||27||16||22|
|Number of young people referred onto a specialist service from TYS (referral date is the quarter date)||13||3||1|
Youth Offending strategy
First Time Entrants Rate – after a challenging and rising trajectory in 2015/16, where an increase in incidents at one educational setting had contributed to the rise, the most recent published data performance July 2016/ June 2017 showed significant improvement and 30% drop compared to the same period the previous year. This was due to the police / YOT partnership making more use of triage opportunities to divert young people away from the criminal justice pathway wherever possible and right to do so.
Re-offending Rates – Most recent published data showed significant improvements in re-offending and binary rates. Bexley’s re-offending performance is stronger than London and England but the binary rate remains higher than that of England. When measured against statistical neighbours, Bexley is stronger than some but performing less well than others. The small cohort size of Bexley YOT means that even relatively small changes can have a significant impact on re-offending rates.
|Reoffending rate||Reoffending rates after 12 months|
|Oct 15 – Dec 15 cohort Bexley Statistical Neighbours London England|
|Number in the cohort||25||39||36||1,511||8,894|
|Number of reoffenders||11||20||13||711||3,684|
|Number of reoffences||30||69||23||2,478||14,242|
|Reoffences per reoffenders||2.73||3.45||1.77||3.49||3.87|
|Oct 14 – Dec 14 cohort|
|Number in the cohort||44||58||20||1,571||10,197|
|Number of reoffenders||22||23||6||753||4,242|
|Number of reoffences||96||76||15||2,628||15,519|
|Reoffences per reoffenders||4.36||3.30||2.50||3.49||3.66|
More details on Youth Reoffending rate can be found here at Borough level.
Further data for Bexley has been downloaded into PDF format here.