Birmingham's Youth Service has a long tradition of successful partnership working to meet the needs of the city's young people .
Some projects happen in partnership with well-established organisations such as the Health Authority and schools. Other activities include working with newer organisations such as the Connexions Service and the Youth Offending Service.
The Youth Service has a longstanding partnership reflecting the belief that young people receive a better service through a more integrated and holistic approach which breaks down some of the pathways to appropriate support organisations.
The Voluntary and Community Sector
The Youth Service has worked in partnership with the voluntary and community sector in Birmingham over several generations to provide services to young people. A relationship of mutual dependency has been created and this will continue to be promoted to maximum effect.
The voluntary and community sector is made up of a wide range of diverse organisations working with young people and many value their independence in a way that does not lend itself easily to membership of an all embracing youth council approach. It is often able to work in key geographic locations and as representatives of particular religious, cultural and ethnic groups.
The Youth Offending Service
Birmingham's Youth Offending Service works with the Youth Service to provide activities that address issues of crime and personal safety. The teams work with young people involved in or at risk of involvement in crime, through diversion and prevention programmes. The Service also works with young people who have been victims of crime, or are involved in Community Safety activities.
Schools and Youth Workers have been in partnership for many years. There are youth workers that work with teachers or learning mentors to provide after school and lunchtime activities. The work aims to reduce exclusion, provide mentoring support or tackle underachievement. Others in schools work with PSHE or citizenship sessions.
The partnership between the Youth Service and the health authority is long-standing. Currently, one of the key areas is working with the Birmingham Teen Pregnancy Partnership, to carry out work in areas such as advice on sexual health matters, parenting programmes with both young women and young men, sexual health and relationship education, general health matters and mental health projects.
Social Care Services
Working closely with Social Care Services Birmingham Youth Service aims to increase the opportunities and support for young people in care to participate in leisure, culture and sporting activities.