SOCIAL INCLUSION: Scottish scheme to target vulnerable

| 26 February 2003

Socially excluded young people in Scotland could soon be fast-tracked into life-skills training and support schemes under a partnership between The Prince's Trust and Careers Scotland.

The trust is to link its client-tracking database with Careers Scotland's own tracking system, Insight, which will begin a roll-out across its 100-plus branches at the end of February.

Christina Allon, director of Careers Scotland, said: "Both of us are implementing new client tracking systems. As soon as Insight goes live in The Prince's Trust local areas, its staff will be able to access Insight data, as long as the young person has given permission for them to do so. Longer term, we wish to look at two-way exchange."

Allon added: "Young people will not have to go through the same questioning and assessment from each agency. The information should be more comprehensive and accurate, enabling better provision of services to the individual."

Creation of the trust's own database is part of Route 14-25, a 3.7m youth exclusion partnership scheme between the trust and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The database, which is being trialled in Scotland and the north of England, aims to improve its ability to assess and track vulnerable young people.

Under Route 14-25, the trust will target at-risk young people, make an assessment and then refer them to a relevant support scheme that is best tailored to their needs.

There will be an in-depth look at Route 14-25 in the 12-18 March issue of YPN.

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