Young People

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation provides a range of services for young people, families and agencies working with young people. These services include direct work with young people and their families, a confidential Helpline Freephone 0808 1000 900, for help with concerns about a young person you know, and training and consultancy for agencies and organisations working with young people.

Some of the services we have developed to meet the needs of young people are described below. For further information about training and consultancy please see our training pages.

Working with young people with concerning sexual behaviour

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation can provide specialist assessments and intervention for young people with harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour and have many years’ experience in delivering work within local authority, family court, criminal justice and residential settings. Please contact our Referrals Manager on 01527 591922 or email referrals@lucyfaithfull.org.uk.

'Inform Young People' - for young people with concerning online sexual behaviour

Since 2005 the Lucy Faithfull Foundation has worked increasingly with Internet related problems.  We have run educative programmes for adult Internet offenders and their families, known as Inform Plus and Inform respectively. We also run Internet Safety Seminars in schools for 9-11 year olds. These raise awareness around inappropriate content and contacts children may encounter online (including cyber-bullying) and provide advice and strategies on how children can keep themselves safe on the Internet. We also deliver sessions to parents about what they can do to help keep their children safe online.

Our InformYP programme grew out of our experience in work with parents and children through delivery of our internet safety seminars and through calls from parents and carers to our Helpline. The programme provides a range of work with children and young people who have displayed problematic sexual behaviour on the internet or in the ‘real world’, to prevent an escalation or reoccurrence of the behaviour. We also work with their families or their main care giver.

We can offer one to five sessions of work with the young person and their family, tailored to their needs. Each session will be delivered by an experienced practitioner either by telephone (through our Helpline - 0808 1000 900) or face-to-face.

The sessions are educative, designed primarily to provide support, advice and information to young people and their families. The Foundation is able to provide this service free of charge if certain criteria are met. Please call us to discuss.

In the event that the young person requires more in-depth intervention and/or safeguarding procedures need to be implemented, this will be discussed with the referring agency. The Foundation can provide additional assessment and intervention services provided funding is available. 

If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to talk through any concerns you have about a young person you know, call our office on 01372 847160 or for confidential advice, call our Freephone Helpline on 0808 1000 900.

Download a leaflet for agencies working with young people with problematic sexual behaviour

Download a leaflet for parents/carers of young people with problematic sexual behaviour

While some parents are able and willing to pay for the Inform Young Person service, others cannot pay and it would be inappropriate to require young people with limited or no access to funds to pay. As such, this service needs funding from alternative sources. Funding needs to provide the flexibility for a fuller service to be provided if the needs of the young person require it.

If you, or your organisation, are interested in helping to help fund this work – please contact our Head Office on 01527 591 922 or bordesley@lucyfaithfull.org.uk.

Watch a Channel 4 news piece about this work:

Posted 13-12-2012 — Source Channel 4 News