Hidden Harm - Hamoaze House
Hamoaze house has been commissioned by Plymouth City Council to provide low level dedicated early intervention support to children and young people across Plymouth who may be experiencing Hidden Harm as a result of one or more of their parents or carers having alcohol and or substance misuse issues.
Mount Wise Garrison
The objective is to identify children and young people who would benefit from confidential and non-judgemental advice and guidance, supporting their ability to manage the difficulties they may be experiencing.
The primary focus of the intervention will be to support their needs and concerns and to prioritise their safety and well being. Once a referral has been made a one to one meeting will be scheduled either in the form of outreach in their local communities or at Seymour House when a neutral space would be more suited to the circumstances. On-going one to one meetings will be arranged to offer sustained support where appropriate.
A simple assessment will be agreed between the support worker and young person for each referral, and regular reviews will be undertaken to ensure that the support is flexible and reacts to changing circumstances.
Once the intervention is more established group meetings and positive fun activities will be scheduled across the six key regions of Plymouth, this will provide a regular platform for sharing and reducing the feelings of isolation, as well as a time and place to develop friendships and interests.
The opportunity for service users to reflect upon and contribute to the intervention will be encouraged so that we can provide the most accessible and relevant support to meet their needs.
The support worker will also provide an access point for parents and carers who wish to access adult alcohol and substance misuse programmes.
The Hidden Harm service along with the Youth Service and the Young Carers Project have formed a partnership working very closely together to enable the best possible service to be given to all young people and their families attending those individual services. The new partnership is called Time4U. Essentially this is to recognise the sometimes significant overlap with those young people experiencing Hidden Harm and carrying out the role of a young carer.
- Plymouth City Council Contracted Supplier
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm although some flexibility is available
- 17 to 25 years old
- 26 to 64 years old
- Drugs and alcohol
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