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Response - YPSA


YPSA: Provides shelter Provides shelter
YPSA: Provides guidance Provides guidance
YPSA: Provides new skill learning Provides new skill learning
YPSA: Doesn't accept time Doesn't accept time
YPSA: Doesn't accept things Doesn't accept things
YPSA: Accepts money Accepts money

Service Type

Supported Accommodation. Support to develop independent living skills

Funding Status

Commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council in partnership with the district councils

Operating Hours

Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-4pm

Eligibility & Referral

See key functions & activities offered

Service Description

Young person placement service explained

Services are targeted at young people aged 16-24 experiencing the following issues:

  • Separation from or loss of family.
  • Past family experiences such as trauma, abuse, neglect, family breakdown, parent drug and alcohol addiction, parent mental health or disability issues.
  • Challenging behaviours which have resulted from their experiences.
  • Needs resulting from drug and alcohol issues, anger management, low self-esteem, self-harm, mental health, learning disability and domestic abuse.

It is recognised that there may be young people that may display/have a set of specialist needs that cannot be catered for within the YPSA and alternative accommodation options and support will need to be considered.  The young person’s support needs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Consideration will be given to the capacity to meet the needs of the young person within the YPSA framework of support.

Check eligibility on the website.

Key functions & activities offered

Support to develop independent living skills:

  • enable young people to build the skills to live independently
  • working with other agencies to ensure there is holistic support for young people
  • helping young people to engage or re-engage with activity that supports education, employment or training

YPSA referrals will be made by professionals working within statutory agencies including:

  • Children and adult’s social care
  • District Council Housing Teams
  • Youth Offending service and Probation
  • Adult Mental Health and learning disabilities teams
  • Health

There needs to be a lead professional identified from the referring organisation to act as the key contact and be part of the ‘team around the young person’ which is the multi-agency approach that will be used by the YPSA to achieve the desired outcomes with the young person. Where there is a young person referred from social care teams, then there needs to be a named worker (not a duty worker) identified as the lead professional.

Referral Process

A form needs completing for a young person to access the service. The forms are available at or on LCS for OCC officers.

Referrals from OCC officers once completed on LCS will come through to the Brokerage team LCS in-tray. Hard copy completed forms should be sent to the Brokerage team for processing (see appendix 1 for flowchart of process)


As mentioned on the Oxfordshire Youth website.