March 2020

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Specialist Adolescent Service Hertfordshire

From 01 April 2020 Targeted Youth Support (TYS) will become the Specialist Adolescent Service Hertfordshire (SASH).

The service is transforming the way in which it works in order to provide effective and meaningful support to:

  • Young people aged 11 to 17 in families at risk of breakdown or on the edge of care.
  • Young people who go missing from home or those that are at risk of, or experiencing, child exploitation, including gangs and county lines.
  • Young people in the Youth Justice system to prevent offending and re-offending; and to support victims of youth crime and their communities.
  • Young people aged 16 to 17 years old who are homeless.

How will we be working?

SASH will be underpinned by a practice model incorporating the below core frameworks.

We will deliver flexible and responsive support packages to young people and families. The intensity of support will support will match the level of need whilst having the flexibility to respond to unexpected issues as they arise at all times of the week, this will include early mornings, evenings and possibly weekends, dependent on the needs of the family.

Introduction of a NEW Countywide Team

As part of these changes the service is currently recruiting to a new team called Central SASH. This team will work countywide alongside SASH Area Teams to deliver intensive support to the highest risk cases – those at risk of serious harm or subject to child exploitation, at risk of homelessness, Tier 4 returns home and escalating risk of family breakdown.

Keep an eye out for a Strategic Safeguarding Adolescent Group (SSAG)[1] event where you will find out more about what is going on within adolescent services and related workstreams – June 2020, exact date TBC.

[1] Sub-group of Hertfordshire’s Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP)


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