In its purest form, detached youth work is a form of street-based youth work provision, which operates without the use of a centre and takes place where young people “are at” both geographically and developmentally. Sports Alive detached teams will use the local needs analysis, information from young people, other agencies and the wider community in order to target the delivery of the youth work. The teams will focus on working with young people and adults to promote community harmony, and to meet the needs of the young people in a street-based setting.
Through doing detached youth work we are able to get to know the communities we are working in. We work in partnership with other agencies such as the police, housing providers, other youth organisations, local community organisations, local councillors and many others to gather information about where young people are hanging around, and if they are identified to be causing ASB. This helps us to identify areas that need youth work interventions, we are able to build positive relationships with young people.