Working in Partnership Plymouth Libraries & Plymouth Youth Offending Prevention Service Jo Batten Emma Sherriff
Who are the Youth Offending Prevention Service?
This service has a number of projects who work with young people and their families who are at risk of social exclusion or offending behaviour. The Secondary Inclusion Programme (SIP) is one of these projects.
What is the SIP?
The SIP is an offsite education provision which works with small groups of young people secondary age who are identified as next day exclusions, about to be excluded or school refusers. Young people come to SIP 25 hours a week for 3 weeks. The structured programme includes literacy with a twist .
HeadSpace is located in a socially excluded area, we welcome young people who for the most part behave well. Following a challenging incident involving young people with specific needs we felt the project required specialist support.
Worker provides opportunity for 1:1 support within and outside HeadSpace.
Looking at literacy and learning in a different way
Supporting and engaging young people within different learning environments
Knowledge of resources for the young person’s appropriate reading level and new, exciting genres of books such as graphic novels; reading ice breakers such as Karaoke; games that promote literacy such as Rummikub word.
Encouraging and supporting young people to access a mainstream service in their community
Promoting the library as a safe, fun space for vulnerable young people