A joined-up solution to young people’s mental health and social needs
07 January, 2015
Youth Access has today published a briefing explaining the Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services (YIACS) model.
The 170 services in our network that are based on the YIACS model respond to a million enquiries a year. Presenting issues, which are frequently inter-related, most commonly concern: mental and emotional health; sexual health; homelessness; relationships; money and benefits; drugs and alcohol; safeguarding (including sexual exploitation); and education and employment.
YIACS have developed a unique approach combining a range of complementary interventions including advice work, counselling and other therapies, youth work, health clinics, advocacy and community education.
We believe the YIACS model represents a joined-up solution to long-identified problems with young people’s access to effective CAMHS, GP, safeguarding and homelessness services.
The briefing, entitled YIACS: an integrated health and wellbeing model, sets out:
- Why YIACS are needed
- Who uses YIACS and why
- How YIACS respond
- The evidence for YIACS’ effectiveness
- Ten reasons to commission YIACS