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Youth Inclusion and Aftercare Service

The Youth Inclusion Project provides a consistent resource and support for vulnerable young people aged 16-25 and who live in West Lothian.

Mission Statement

West Lothian Council's Children and Families social policy services are based in the community and provide support, advice and guidance to children and young people and their families. We are responsible for promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people in a range of services. These include early years support, early intervention and school-based support services as well as teams which deal with children and young people about whom there are concerns or who have or are affected by disability.

The Children and Families service aims to contribute to making sure that all children and young people in West Lothian are safe, nurtured, active, healthy, achieving, included, respected and responsible. We will do this in partnership with children and young people, their families and carers, their communities and other relevant organisations. We aim to be open, honest and accountable, and to make best use of our resources through a competent and confident workforce.

Service Standards

We aim to:

  •  Treat all service users fairly, with courtesy and respect
  •  Respond promptly to all enquiries
  •  Communicate clearly with all users of our services and to encourage feedback
  •  Offer appointments at times and places that are suitable to users, where possible
  •  Consult service users, publish results annually and use these to improve services
  •  Respect confidentiality as far as possible without compromising the welfare of children and young people
  •  Respond to complaints within a day and resolve them, where possible, within 5 days
  •  Ensure that all staff are appropriately qualified or trained for their jobs

Inclusion & Aftercare

The Inclusion & Aftercare Service is a new service development combining the skills and experience of staff members from the Youth Inclusion Project (YIP) and Throughcare Aftercare (TCAC).

Inclusion & Aftercare will provide a range of pre-employability and Aftercare support to young people aged 16 to 26 who are residents of West Lothian.

The aim of Inclusion & Aftercare is to break down the barriers that prevent young people from moving into independence, employment, education or training. 

We provide 1:1 support and training in a range of areas including:

  •  Independent Living/ Life Skills
  •  Employability Skills
  •  Health and Wellbeing
  •  Accessing and Gaining recognised qualifications

Aftercare/Leaving care

Young people leaving care or left care in West Lothian can get support from Inclusion & Aftercare.

Weekly drop in

Our weekly drop in at Arrochar House is open to all young people on Tuesdays:  9am - 4pm and Thursdays:  1pm - 4pm 

We can provide support with:                                                                      

  • where you live
  • friends and family
  • health and wellbeing
  • learning and work
  • lifestyle and money
  • rights and legal issues.

Who Can Apply?

Young people who are care experienced are or are under the threat of becoming homeless or  experience of being homeless, young parents, young carers, any young person in West Lothian.

We also offer support to young people under 18 years of age who are experiencing difficulties with substance issues.

How to Make a Referral:

Referrals can be made directly to:  Inclusion&AftercareReferrals@westlothian.gov.uk

Or contact the Inclusion & Aftercare Team on:  01506 282535