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Youth Engagement Workers

The role of the Youth Engagement Worker (YEW) was developed in Swindon in April 2011. This work force is a team of highly skilled practitioners with a range of backgrounds from youth work to careers advice, counselling and education.

The main focus of their work is to support young people into education, employment and training by identifying the barriers to progression. Acknowledging that employment and education is one of the major protective and resilience factors for a young person, YEWs work with the identified NEET population, those young people who are identified as being at risk of being NEET in year 11, and young people who are engaged in high risk taking behaviours.

Youth Engagement Workers have extensive experience of working successfully with hard to reach and vulnerable young people. The basis of all  their work is to develop productive, effective and professional relationships with young people to create opportunities for successful outcomes. Their work with young people is needs led, undertaking on-going assessment using the Early Help Record and Plan and employing  a solutions focussed approach to their intervention. They will take the role of Lead Professional when appropriate/required.

They are part of the ‘Early Help’ children and young people’s workforce and sit within the integrated locality teams which include Health Visitors, School Nurses, Education Welfare Officers, Targeted Mental Health Workers, Speech & Language Therapists and Educational Psychologists.

Criteria for referral


Request for Service of Youth Engagement Worker