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Want to engage young people in open discussions about their circumstances and future goals?

Regardless of a young person’s presenting needs this toolkit offers a holistic approach in social work, youth offending, substance misuse work, mental health or wellbeing support.

Supporting current approaches of trauma informed practice, Signs of Safety®, GoodLives, Desistance Theory and Motivational Interviewing the toolkit is based on an analogy that being a teenager can be like walking on a Tightrope and supports an open discussion to reflect on key areas within assessments and plans:

Order the full toolkit for just £15.95 (no VAT)

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Tightrope toolkit The toolkit includes:

“I got more in that tightrope in one session than I’d done in 10 weeks working with the young person”
Wandsworth Locality Youth Work Manager (working with CSE and gangs)

“[Young people] have been able to identify intentions and motivations which they hadn’t previously.”
Practitioner in Lambeth Youth Offending Service

“[Young people] can see what’s going wrong and the patterns…They can identify better choices…It’s visual and they get it.”
Feedback from young people and workers in Wandsworth

“What a can of worms (information) in 10 years I have not managed to gain so much info in one session using such an effective assessment tool. Wow…..”
Bail and Remand Officer in Hammersmith and Fulham

Video guide - for young people

This video provides a summary of the Tightrope for young people

Video guide - for practitioners

This video outlines the aims and explains the developmental theory underpinning the Tightrope

Download sample workbooks

A workbook of the tightrope has been created as an introduction pack

For Youth Justice practitioners an Out of Court Disposal template has been created and is available here: OOCD Screening Template 2019.pdf

For more information email: [email protected]

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” Richard Buckminster Fuller