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.

Collaboration and sharing best practice helps us to drive continuous improvement of the services YIACS offer. 

We strive to ensure services are designed and run effectively according to evidence, good practice and young people’s voices. We do this by:

  • Providing training, and producing good practice and guidance
  • Facilitating a vibrant, active community of members and providing opportunities to connect members – from practitioners to CEOs – to share challenges and solutions
  • Developing an approach to quality assurance that enables the highest quality support for young people, and which can inform commissioning decisions
  • Supporting members to design services for and with young people
  • Helping members to understand their own data to shape service delivery

Take a look at some of the projects we've been working on to improve the experiences of young people accessing services.


Explore this section

  • Join a network

    Join a network

    Our networks are just one of the ways we're helping to bring the community together

  • 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

  • DigiTalk


    Easily accessible, online help and support for young people is something that local service providers have long sought to offer