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A group working with some Scotland’s most dangerous young people has been saved from closure.

The Interventions for Vulnerable Youth (IVY) service provides psychological support for those aged 12-18 deemed a serious risk to others.

In July, the service, based at Strathclyde University, revealed it it would no longer be hosted there and a new location would need to be found.

But the children’s charity Kibble has agreed to take over until April 2020.

The IVY project was set up by the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) and funded by the Scottish government’s youth justice team.

Its job is to promote best practice in forensic mental health risk assessment and management for young people who present a serious risk of harm to others.

IVY, which has the only dedicated team of its kind in the UK, has provided support for over 220 children and young people referred by 31 Scottish local authorities during its six years of existence.

CYCJ recently announced that IVY would close at the end of October, a decision they regretted but which was unavoidable, given the highly specialised nature of the service.

It has now been agreed that the service will transition to Kibble on 1 November.

The charity will run the service on an interim basis until the current year’s Scottish government funding ends on 31 March 2020.

Kibble is a national charity specialising in the care of young people who have experienced trauma.



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