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

Download the briefing

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