Adolescent Support Team (AST)
AST works with young people within the ages of 11-17 yrs. old and their families who require targeted intervention, often at a difficult time in their lives, to help them to achieve a better outcome. This also includes providing a rapid response, crisis intervention service where young people (10 – 17 years) are at immediate risk of coming into Local Authority care.
Young people presenting to the service may be at risk of involvement in anti-social and offending behaviour, have negative peer relationships, be involved with substance misuse, experiencing difficult transitions, be at risk of exploitation from others or exploiting others, or experiencing difficulties in home environment, or at school.
The aim of the service is to support young people to develop their resilience and self-esteem, enabling them to make positives choices. The service works with the whole family, friends, peers, school, police, any other agencies involved to understand the context for the young person.
Examples of what your AST can support you with:
- anti-social behaviour
- Use drugs or alcohol
- Have been, or are at risk of being, permanently excluded
- Need support on exiting from the Youth Justice System or from Social Care (where TYS criteria is met)
- Are affected by family or parenting issues
- Are at risk of homelessness
- Are involved in gang related activity
- subject to fixed term school exclusion
- Referral required?
- Who needs to make the referral?
- Parents and professionals will need to fill in the attached CFAN form.
The role of this directory is to provide information. It is your personal responsibility to make sure that organisations are appropriate and safe for you, your child or young person before they attend. Please read our guide to staying safe - things to consider