Community Youth Teams (CYTs) are a specialist service for vulnerable young people aged 10-18 years. We are a targeted, early help service which aims to support young people into positive destinations and reduce the likely-hood of them entering the criminal justice system. The service supports young people to engage with education, employment and training opportunities and reduce risk taking behaviours to promote longer term positive outcomes.
CYTs work with young people on a 1-1 basis and deliver a range of targeted detached youth work, universal and targeted youth sessions across the city and a range of targeted programmes with partner organisations. CYTs offer a city wide service, and work with schools, statutory and voluntary services, in a range of community based settings across Sheffield.
Working with Partners
CYTs are multi agency teams and include:
- Sheffield City Council Prevention Workers
- Sheffield Futures Youth Workers
- Sheffield Futures Targeted Youth Support (TYS) Advisors
- South Yorkshire Police - Police Officers
We are supported by dedicated health and wellbeing staff which include:
- NHS clinicians including Speech and Language Therapists, and Primary Mental Health Workers
- Interchange Counsellors
- CGL Young People’s Substance Misuse Workers
- Youth Information Advice and Counselling Service (YIACS) based at Star House
- to intervene early to give young people who need help, the opportunities and support to help them realise their potential
- to steer young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour, helping them to stay in school and post-16 education, work or training
- to promote healthy choices and reduce risky situations that could harm them, their friends, families and communities using a strengths based youth work model
- to support young people to develop positive self-identity, good mental health, confidence and resilience to make informed choices about their health, relationships, social time and future
- to help protect young people from unsafe situations in relation to sexual exploitation, risky teenage relationships and harmful sexual behaviour, as well as criminal exploitation, extremist ideology and involvement with weapons and gang activity
If you would like to refer a young person, please email email@example.com for a referral form, alternatively, print the appropriate one from the Supporting information section.
What happens next?
The referral will be discussed at a multi-agency CYT allocation meeting. The meeting will decide which agency is most appropriate to offer the support. If the young person is eligible for support the young person and the referring professional will be notified and the young person will be contacted by a worker to complete an assessment.
Is there a waiting list?
On occasion there is a waiting list, the referrer will receive a letter to inform you of the status of your referral.
What will happen if it is seen as inappropriate referral?
We will inform you of the reasons and offer suggestions of other services that may offer assistance.