Newham Vanguard Clinical Team

What is the Vanguard Clinical Team?

We are a specialist community psychology led service in Newham, for young people up to 25 years of age, that are impacted by, or at risk of youth violence. The team is made up of practitioners from different services including the NHS, Newham's Children and Young People's Services and The Children's Society. We aim to put mental health and wellbeing at the heart of the support that we offer, to improve emotional well-being; increase access to education, employment and training; increase stability; and divert young people away from the criminal justice system.


Who can access support?

The team offers support for young people aged up to 25 years that are impacted by youth violence. Referred young people normally need to be registered with a GP in Newham or living in Newham to access support from this service. On some occasions we may be able to offer support to young people who may not live locally but have strong connections within the Borough, or are temporarily housed elsewhere.
We also offer support to Voluntary, Community and Faith sector organisations (VCFS) that work with young people affected by youth violence. This includes: bespoke training, consultation, reflective spaces and social action work.

Who is in the Clinical Team?

The clinical team is led by a senior clinical psychologist and the team includes practitioners with specific skills and experience that may be of particular benefit to young people that access the service. This includes a psychologist, a speech and language therapist, specialist youth practitioners and specialist parent/family practitioners.

What do the Clinical Team do?

We offer psychological thinking and support either directly with a young person and family, or to a professional or team working with them. We aim to provide this in a supportive and nurturing environment for young people to thrive in. We believe support should be co-produced with people who access our service and tailored around their individual strengths and needs. In our work, this means that we hold in mind the individual life experiences of young people and families, taking into account how systems have impacted on them, but also where young people hold knowledge and power to make a difference within their own lives and communities. We work alongside young people and families to support them in ways they find helpful, and that improve their sense of well-being.

 

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For more information please Download Vanguard Clinical Team Support Pathway PDF

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Referral Details
  • Direct referrals - We accept direct referrals from everyone, this includes other agencies, professionals, voluntary, community and faith sector organisations, young people, families and members of the community.
  • Referrals from the local authority - referrals for support may come via the Multi Agency

Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and the Preventing Child Exploitation and Harm Hub (PCEHH) - part of London Borough of Newham's Children's Services. Referrals from MASH and PCEHH will be sent on to the clinical team via a secure NHS email address. Young people and families must consent to a referral to our service

All referrals can be made by emailing via a secure NHS email address elft.vanguard-nhcamhs@nhs.net we will then make a time to call the referrer to have a chat.

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