The Adolescent Resource Centre (ARC) is a new service that provides intensive support for young people aged 11- 17 years of age, who are at risk of becoming Looked After due to the challenges that they present in the family home and community.
The purpose of the ARC is to provide intensive support to families. As part of the support package available to families the ARC team will support young people and their families at times when other services might not be available. The service will include outreach work and provide opportunities for family support both centre-based and in their own homes – including weekends and evenings, so that it is responsive to the changing need of the families receiving the service.
Providing planned overnight respite is also a key feature of the ARC intervention, and will form a vital part of the ARC provision, being an integral part of the intervention plan to enable young person to remain within the family home longer term.
The ARC team consists of a small team of 7 who are passionate about working for positive outcomes for young people and have a wide range of skills and experiences of working with this age group, and the Respite Support Carers will work closely with the team to meet the needs of the young person and their family.
The Respite Support Scheme will offer a flexible and responsive service to assist families in crisis. This will involve offering planned overnight stays once or twice a week as part of the support package offered by the ARC.