Our work

Youth Access is the national membership body that represents and champions organisations delivering support for young people. We are the voice of the youth advice and counselling sector, and we support young people to campaign for services and systems that meet their needs and fulfil their rights.

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  • Championing our network

    Youth Access is the national membership body that represents and champions organisations delivering support for young people.

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    The YIACS Model

    The YIACS Model

    Standing up for young people’s right to holistic, person-centred support. Offering guidance. Connecting young people

    Fund the Hubs

    Fund the Hubs

    The campaign for 'early support hubs' for every young person in England.

    YIACS & Money Matters

    YIACS & Money Matters

    It’s well known that debt and financial hardship can be causes of mental ill-health – but it was less clear whether effective support was available for young people. 

  • Supporting practice & service development

    We’re always learning, always striving to improve and always working to ensure our members are responsive to the needs of young people.

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    Work with us

    Work with us

    Find out how we can help you by reading more about our consultancy services.

    Advice & rights

    Advice & rights

    We know that access to advice services and legal support is vital for many young people, and yet this support is often out of reach. Cuts to legal aid coupled with limited access to legal advice leaves many young people in the dark.

    Young People in Mind

    Young People in Mind

    Young People in Mind aimed to both increase access to counselling and other psychological therapies for people aged 16 to 19, and to improve integration between services.

    IQ Project

    IQ Project

    The IQ Project supported a new vision for young people’s mental health and wellbeing - one in which accessible, self-referral Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services are a key part of every local offer.   

  • Driving equity across services

    Driving equity through greater engagement with least-heard and worst-served groups is one of our key strategic goals. We help our members to help young people by sharing best-practice through collaborative work across our network.  

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    Addressing racial injustice

    Addressing racial injustice

    Equality and non-discrimination are central to everything we do at Youth Access. We work to challenge systems of racial injustice, including in the mental health system. 

    Community of Practice

    Community of Practice

    The Community of Practice for developing more racially responsive services is a series of training sessions taking place over the course of 5-weeks.

    Equal Access in Mind

    Equal Access in Mind

    This project aimed to tackle the rising mental health need amongst young women by increasing their access to high-quality, gender-informed, young person-centred services in their local communities.  

    Right 2B Safe

    Right 2B Safe

    Right 2B Safe was launched to identify and support young people experiencing or at risk of abuse and neglect, including domestic violence and child sexual exploitation.