Lifeline Project Annual Review 08/09

Young Persons' Directorate

The creation of Lifeline’s Directorate for Young People cements our deep rooted dedication and commitment to children, young people, families and their communities.


The Young Persons’ Directorate has developed an annual business plan which guides all the services in line with Lifeline’s four strategic goals: services, governance, workforce development and learning and engagement.


Over this last year some of our services have been subject to the tendering process. We have maintained all of our current services by demonstrating to our commissioners and local Children’s Trusts the quality of our services and value for investment.

Our Young Persons’ services provide a range of universal, targeted and specialist treatment services to meet the diverse and complex needs of young people. We provide a range of psychosocial, family, substitute prescribing, and specialist harm reduction interventions. Other services include diversionary activities through the youth services we network with, targeted prevention work and proactively engaging those who are hard to reach and on the periphery of mainstream service provision. We also work alongside healthy schools to deliver drug education in schools adding another dimension to the drug education within PSHE curriculum. Street outreach is delivered in a universal and targeted capacity disseminating drug and alcohol information and promoting local services. Schools, local communities, parents and carers benefit from local events and workshops. We have pioneered a ‘Think Family’ model working in partnership with adult services to address the various needs of the whole family.

Our services have evolved in line within legal and policy frameworks ensuring that they are fully integrated into children’s services and across locality areas. In light of this our services have direct access to young people from the most vulnerable settings including young people involved in Criminal Justice Services, Looked After and Mental Health services. We continue to play an important role in promoting the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people and families and are fully integrated within children’s partnership agenda across local areas.

All our services continue to be of the highest quality, professional and equitable and we consistently review our service delivery. In addition we have developed structured practices and procedures to support and improve outcomes of all those who access services. We have a common vision, clear accountability, joined–up working, information sharing and core processes and assessments. We embrace the Every Child Matters agenda and align all our services that are equitable and accessible to all who need them.

The Young Persons’ Directorate is dependent on successful partnerships with statutory and non-statuary agencies for seamless, timely, and appropriate interventions with the range of service users we engage with. We participate in the CAF and Children’s Trust activities and other forums to ensure the substance misuse agenda is part of children’s services to promote the best outcomes as possible.

We have recently reviewed all of our children and young persons’ policies and procedures in line with national guidance, policy and legislation. In addition we have developed a comprehensive Safeguarding Policy and process to ensure that preventative work and appropriate responses to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults permeates all aspects of our service delivery. The safeguarding policy has been reviewed by Manchester’s Safeguarding Children’s Board, the DCSF and the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit. Safeguarding remains a priority issue for Lifeline Project.


We are reviewing and developing our Clinical Governance processes for the Directorate.


In addition to employing the most skilled and dedicated staff, we continue to be committed to workforce development, to ensure that children and young people receive the highest standards of interventions.


All our staff possess the common core of skills and knowledge to work with children, young people and their families.


For the coming year:
  • Continue to improve outcomes for children, young people and families
  • Maintain current levels of service provision
  • Identify opportunities for viable services in order for children and young people, their families and communities to benefit from our wealth of experience, knowledge and commitment to them
  • Continue to develop our workforce to meet the needs of service users

Martin Moran

Head of Directorate, Young Persons’