Detached Youth Team resumes work to help through Covid-19

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STAFF from the council's Detached Youth Team have resumed their work to help and educate young people who are not following social distancing guidelines.

They have identified hotspots where young people congregate and will have a presence in these areas, in a bid to encourage groups to follow guidelines to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

They will advise young people to go home if it is safe, and will put safeguarding procedures in place if they have any concerns.

Staff in the team will be following social distancing procedures themselves.

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Paul Boyce, corporate director for children's services, said: "The Detached Youth Team has always played a vital role in engaging with Wirral's young people and providing support to them on the ground.

"They support some of the borough’s most vulnerable so having them resume their work in some capacity is vital.

"We need to still have that trusted presence through the team in hotpots, so that young people who may be at risk have guidance.

"They will also be key in raising awareness for those young people who may not be fully aware of the severity of the current health crisis and the risky situation they are putting themselves in by not following social distancing."

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Young people will also be offered advice where needed, and signposted to online support services and information that they can access at home, if needed.

In response to the current health crisis a dedicated freephone helpline has been set up by Wirral Council to support young people who may be struggling.

Children and young people can call 0808 196 4147 to speak to one of the advisors who will be there to take their call.