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Community Adolescent Service

Creating a single, integrated service for adolescents on the edge of care, using active participation and social pedagogy to reduce high-risk behaviour for young people at risk of gang involvement, child sexual exploitation and youth crime.

Project Description

The Community Adolescent Service (CAS) aims to support adolescents at risk with a shared and consistent approach between services.

The model is centred around two multidisciplinary hub teams using a social pedagogy/relationship-based approach and a single, integrated family plan.

CAS staff have a shared vision and evidence-based practice framework, underpinned by training in social pedagogy and restorative practice methods. The pilot aimed to create a single referral process, key worker and family plan, and to deliver active participation for young people at all stages of design and implementation.

Sefton Council have committed to developing many of the features of the project in a sustainably funded CAS service.


The DfE-funded independent evaluation published in 2017 found that:

Lead Organisation

Sefton Council


Merseyside Police

Merseyside Probation Service

Sefton VCF




North West


Funding Information

Funding theme: Rethinking support for adolescents

Total amount awarded


Round 1 Nov 2014

Other information