The YIACS Model

Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services (YIACS) offer young people support on a range of issues in a young person centered environment. 

Who uses YIACS?

YIACS are open to a wide age range, typically 13-25, although sometimes they can start from as young as 11. Because of this, YIACS are able to tackle the tricky 'transition' period by supporting the young person into early adulthood. Whilst most YIACS work with all young people, data shows that many are highly vulnerable and their issues increasingly complex.

What issues do YIACS help with?

The issues that young people come to services with are often inter-related. YIACS therefore provide a holistic response to young people's emotional, health, social and practical needs. 

Most common presenting issues:

  • Mental and emotional health
  • Sexual health
  • Homelessness
  • Relationships
  • Money and benefits
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Safeguarding
  • Education and employment

Most common interventions

  • Counselling and other therapies
  • Advice work
  • Youth work
  • Health clinics
  • Social work
  • Group work
  • Advocacy
  • Community education

YIACS offer a response which is centred around the young person. To ensure that they are providing the best service, YIACS keep youth voice at the heart of what they do by forming participation groups with service users. This is a unique approach which works successfully with young people. Visit our resources section for the evidence, or contact