What is a YIACS?

YIACS are Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services, also known as ‘early support hubs', providing transformational support for young people all over the UK.

Our members - Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services (YIACS) - are organisations rooted in their local communities, providing holistic, easily-accessible, early intervention support on a wide range of issues for young people aged 11-25.

Our members come in all shapes and sizes, and we’re here to guide and support them.

Our strength is in the diversity of our membership, supporting them to deliver services in a way that is responsive to their communities and to learn from each other to improve and adapt.

YIACS are: 

  • Effective: Comparable clinical outcomes to CAMHS and schools-based counselling
  • Open-access: Young people are never turned away because they are “not sick enough” 
  • Wider reaching: Better reach to young people from least-heard and worst-served backgrounds who may otherwise slip through the cracks of statutory services and school settings  
  • A bridge, not a cliff edge: Support up to age 25, bridging the all-important transition into adulthood
  • What young people want: Young people repeatedly tell us that they want ‘whole life’ support 

Hear first-hand from the young people who have benefitted from attending their local YIACS when statutory support was not accessible: 

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