Up-2-Us works with severely disadvantaged children and young people in West Central Scotland who have become caught up in the care and criminal justice systems. It supports these young people to manage their difficulties and live more stable, fulfilling lives.

Lankelly Chase supports Up-2-Us’s Time for Change programme, which focuses on very high risk young women (aged 15-21) who are at risk of entering secure care or prison, or who are making their transition back into the community from these settings. Up-2-Us has found that young women’s routes into challenging situations are very different from those of young men, and therefore need a more ‘gendered’ and individual programme of support which recognises the trauma they have experienced in their lives – often including rejection and disadvantage from an early age, histories of abuse, and long involvement in the fostering and care systems.  Time for Change’s approaches include a 24-hour crisis response service, respite accommodation and intensive (including daily) support for the young women.

Time for Change aims to unpick how the whole system responds to young women and girls who are in trouble with the law, and alter attitudes and responses to their needs and behaviour.  The project has a strong focus on learning and transfer, aiming to improve knowledge about the key elements of effective support for these young women. Through such learning, systems can be changed so that more girls benefit from effective support at an earlier stage, and expensive and unhelpful statutory interventions like secure placements and criminalisation can be avoided.

For more information: www.Up2Us.com