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Webinar: Targeted Work With Young People

November 17 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Targeted youth support is specific, tailored interventions aimed at young people and their families who need extra provision on top of universally provided services.

They work with each young person from their own starting point, drawing in partners, peer and parents as appropriate, challenging and enabling them to understand the consequences of their actions .The aim is to support them into successful pathways and to make positive choices. Traditionally youth workers have always been skilled at engaging young people considered ‘hard to reach’ via detached youth work, diversionary projects and positive activities.

This workshop looks behind that relationship building process to consider risk factors that contribute to making some young people more vulnerable to criminal and / or sexual exploitation (CCE and CSE) than others and the short and longer term impact this can have on all aspects of their lives. It also identifies protective factors and considers ways that youth workers can help build resilience in young people, enabling them to cope better and make healthier choices.

Learning Outcomes

  • Awareness of key legislation that impacts on young people (including stop & search and joint enterprise)
  • Identify factors that can contribute to making young people more vulnerable to criminal and sexual exploitation
  • Consider the impact of individual, family and community attitudes and values on risk taking behaviour and criminal activity
  • Develop an awareness of protective factors and ways to build resilience
  • Consider effective ways to target hard to reach young people and engage them in services for young people

This training can be linked to your continued professional development CPD and is a great way to network with other professionals


The session combines various teaching methods, including:

  • Discussion
  • Presentation.
  • An experiential exercise.
  • Small group and pair work.
  • Whole group discussion.


Practitioners working with young people in groups or 1-1 settings, e.g. school staff, youth workers, residential care workers:

• Class teacher
• Learning Mentor
• Pastoral Lead
• Teaching Assistant
• Family support Worker
• Headteacher
• Assistant Head
• Social Worker
• Nurse
• Support Worker
• Youth Worker
• Parents & Carers


Vanessa Rogers is a nationally acclaimed youth work trainer and author with experience of managing a wide range of services for young people (11-25), including early intervention, youth offending and targeted services. She is best known for creating practice-based educational resources for youth workers and teachers, published worldwide by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. These provide creative ways to engage young people in learning about traditionally emotive topics including relationships and sex (RSE), pornography and peer domestic abuse to develop the life skills to make healthy, positive choices.

She continues to work with young people across the UK on a commissioned basis, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and sits on the council for the Institute for Youth Work (IYW).

Our training courses are designed to build your understanding of key issues & give you the confidence to make a difference in young people’s lives.