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Home Youth Liaison Services Sligo

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Mission Statement

To provide a sympathetic, confidential, nonjudgemental and personal support to young people and their families with the objective of enhancing the young person’s future personal and social development and their well-being.

A bit about us:

In 1989 the HYLS was born out of locally identified need to support young people who had difficulties in school, home and community.

A dynamic youth service supporting all post primary schools in Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan and providing support in primary school where the need arises. The service also has four youth workers attached to the four social work teams.

We offer a one stop, wraparound support addressing individual need. We have a strong reputation as an immediate integrated response and an emergency support service. We work to negate negative outcomes by befriending and building rapport with young people and their parents/carers.

We work on all levels of the Hardiker Model and have a great track record of engaging the most challenging troubled children.

Why are we successful?

  • Uniquely positioned to get a holistic picture of the young person’s needs as we meet them in all spheres of their lives.
  • Have a non-threating, impartial support which is whole child/whole system solution focused.
  • Make home visits.
  • Lead referrer to Meitheal, supporting families through as lead practitioners.
  •  Out of school tuition supports.
  • We provide respite via our residential weekends plus emergency beds/summer programmes.
  • Provide weekly including weekends out of hours one to one support to young people. 
  • Interagency collaboration.
  • Community Creative Alternative, Two dedicated staff that work solely on an out of hours basis during evenings and weekends to support young people in their homes and care homes and help to support their individual needs.
  • The service takes referrals from all services including statutory, voluntary, community, family and self-referrals.

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