As of 1 November 2019, Kibble has taken over the vital Interventions for Vulnerable Youth (IVY) project, which has been facing closure.

Formerly run by University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ), and with funding by the Scottish Government’s Youth Justice team, the project promotes best practice in forensic mental health risk assessment and management for young people, aged 12-18, who present a serious risk of harm to others.

Kibble will host the IVY project on an interim basis until April 2020 when the current year’s Scottish Government funding will cease on 31 March. We are working on developing a sustainable long term IVY project beyond this.

About Interventions for Vulnerable Youth (IVY) Project

IVY is a specialist psychological and social work service which conducts risk assessment, formulation and management for young people (aged 12 – 18) with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and who pose a risk to others. The service also extends this support to families.

By providing specialist, therapeutic support, the IVY project aims to ensure the young people and the professionals supporting them have access to the best advice, practice assessment and interventions addressing mental health, psychological and forensic risk and needs.

IVY, which has the only dedicated team of its kind in the UK, has provided support for over 220 children and young people referred by 31 Scottish local authorities during its six years of existence. IVY’s team of psychologists work alongside staff from the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice to provide this highly specialist service to young people. It was founded on the basis that a significant number of young people with severe conduct and offending behaviour problems do not have access to services capable of meeting their level of need. It is a national service which is free for professionals to refer to.

Partnerships

We are keen to develop partnerships with local authorities, health boards and voluntary sector agencies, with a view to offering specialist support that is tailored to meet the specific needs of different services for young people.

Any agencies interested in discussing options for partnership working with the IVY Project, please contact dan.johnson@kibble.org.