Knowledge and Practice Hubs

Working with adolescents knowledge and practice hub

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Learning points

  • Different models and approaches that can help practitioners build relationships and safeguard this age group from risks outside as well as inside the home.
  • Ways of responding to specific forms of harm, such as child sexual exploitation and county lines drug running.
  • An understanding of typical development in adolescence, and how childhood neglect and other early experiences may affect development and therefore how you might best approach work with the child.
  • Suggestions for engaging young people who don’t want to work with you and useful direct work tools.

Note: It is well known that risks to young people may frequently overlap multiple categories, both in and outside the home. The guides and tools below discuss adolescents holistically and many cover multiple issue, reflecting the reality of young people’s lives. We have divided them up by their main theme and a couple appear twice to help you find information and tips for different practice contexts. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know.

Resources in this hub can help you meet point 1 (relationships), point 2 (communication), point 5 (abuse and neglect of children) and point 6 (child and family assessment) of the Knowledge and skills statement for child and family practitioners.