New mediation service to help Highbury youngsters forge stronger family relationships
By poppy_smith | Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 19:24
Haringey Council has launched a new mediation service to help young people forge stronger relationships with their families.
A lack of affordable housing in London means young people are living at home longer than ever before. With youth homelessness rising and increased pressure on families and young people, mediation is an increasingly important tool in keeping young people at home and away from a life on the streets.
Haringey Council's pilot Family Mediation Service works with young people and their families to help resolve conflict and to rebuild positive relationships. Young people and families in the borough can self refer to the service through HARTS and will be offered access to trained mediators who help the family come together to resolve issues, as well as signposting other sources of support.
Where appropriate and safe, the hope is to enable each young person to remain at home or return home if they choose. Where this isn't possible, the aim of the service is to help young people and their families to develop sustained positive and supportive relationships even though they may continue to live apart.
The service is being delivered in conjunction with 'Alone in London', a leading youth homelessness service. The project is open to 16 - 25 years olds in Haringey and is particularly focussed on identifying and working with young people aged 16 and 17.
Cllr Bevan, Haringey Council Cabinet member for Housing said: "It is understandable that many young people and their families will feel frustrated and that there will be times when conflict flares. This service is there to get young people and their families to engage with each other and work through their issues. Through mediators working on a 1:1 basis at first, and where appropriate through joint sessions, unresolved issues of conflict can often be addressed and overcome. Keeping family units strong and supportive is a real priority for this service. As winter takes a grip it is more important than ever that problems are resolved before young people take the decision of leaving home and risk ending up on the streets."To find out more about the service contact HARTS on 0845 303 2350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org