A new facility for vulnerable young adults in Jersey is to be launched today by the Island’s Lieutenant-Governor.
General Sir John McColl will be visiting Strathmore in St Saviour, which will be operated by the Shelter Trust and provide accommodation and support for up to 19 residents aged from 16 to 25.
The launch of the new service stems from recommendations in the Williamson Report into child protection services in Jersey. The report led to a review which subsequently recommended three successful pathways to adulthood for vulnerable young adults, including the need for settled, safe accommodation in facilities such as Strathmore.
Chris Dunne, Director of Adult Services, said he was delighted to see one of the key outcomes of the Williamson Report become reality.
“It’s been a significant journey to get to this stage, and a lot of work has been undertaken by a cross-section of people from Adult Services, Shelter Trust, Housing, Social Security, Children’s Services and the Youth Service,” he said. “All these organisations have worked together in the interests of vulnerable young adults – it’s been a real collaborative effort, overseen via a strategic political steering group.”
John Hodge, Director of the Shelter Trust, said his staff intended to provide a supportive environment for those who came to Strathmore.
“We work with individual residents to address their support needs, from learning basic independent living skills through to accessing training and employment,” he said. “Residents and staff work together in assessing the individual’s needs and agreeing support plans that will create a pathway to independent living.”
The Strathmore project, which has been endorsed by the Children’s Policy Group, is one element of a re-design of services for homeless people in Jersey. Young adults will have a bespoke facility and be able to monitor themselves on their journeys to independence. The facility will also cater for 17-year-olds who may previously have had to enter the Shelter in emergency situations when there was no alternative option.
Strathmore has a dedicated staff team, all of whom are police checked, and two of the employees are ex-service users who can use direct experience in helping young people. The Service will be subject to registration and inspection processes to ensure that it is delivering a high standard of care and support.