Children and Young People’s Services

Barca’s Children and Young People’s Services are a broad range of services that (with partners), offer the most appropriate support to young people who face many different issues.

Why Children and Young People’s Services?

We help vulnerable young people avoid exclusion in all its guises so that they can fulfil their potential and be an asset to their families, the local community and the economy.

We provide young people with the opportunity to meet, have fun and engage in their community.



Parent/Carer? Have Your Say

The YIP believe that it is important to collect the views of parents and carers to find what you think about our service, and to give us advice on how we could further improve. If you have compliments, complaints or suggestion. All views are welcome.

Closure Evaluation Parent/Carer

The YIP is no longer working with your child and we would like to collect parents and carers opinions to find out how you feel we did in supporting your child. We would very much welcome and appreciate your views.

Youth Work

Our Youth Work Team offer a variety of services for young people aged 11-17yrs in West Leeds. We work with young people to raise aspirations, provide positive opportunities and key skills to build resilience for adulthood.

The main aims for our targeted youth work service are:

  • Encourage positive activities and healthy lifestyles.
  • Support young people who are or may be at risk of being NEET (not in education or training).
  • Increase opportunities for ‘looked after’ children.
  • Promote positive sexual health.
  • Increase young people’s opportunity to voice, participate and influence their community.
  • Provide an alternative to anti-social behaviour and crime.

How do we work with Young Poeple?

Each week we deliver 16 different sessions for young people aged 13 – 19 years. These include football, housing, sexual health and money managements drop in’s, youth clubs, healthy choice programme and outreach work. We also have a group called Youth Bank, which is a young person led group that fundraises and administers small grants for activities for other young people in their community.

Our services include:

  • A weekly youth work programme for young people to access
  • Sexual Health Services
  • Confidential Advice and Support
  • Healthy Young Person’s Clinic
  • Group Work
  • Young People’s Outreach Sessions
  • Young Person’s Accreditation
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact for a copy of this weeks youth work programme.

To find out more about our Youth Work Service or to access our weekly programme please contact Amanda Sykes on 0113 2209038.





We currently support around 250 young people each quarter! Unfortunately we cannot meet the demand to provide one-to-one support for all young people. We provide a small amount of one-to-one support for young people who are struggling with some aspect of their life for example; domestic violence, bullying or the victim of gangs. This is an area we are currently seeking funds.

Other useful links:

Youth Inclusion Project

Click here to see our latest Flyer for the Youth Inclusion Project

We support young people aged 8-13 years to find alternative choices to offending and anti-social behaviour.

The main aims of the service are:

  • Keep young people safe from harm.
  • Increase young people’s opportunity to voice, participate and influence their community.
  • Provide alternatives to anti-social behaviour and crime.
  • Increase access to positive opportunities
  • Support young people to achieve in school

To find out more about our Youth Inclusion Project please click here


Platform Young People’s Drug Treatment Service in Leeds (partnership between Barca-Leeds and DISC) focuses on allowing young people up to the age of 18 to make an informed choice about their lifestyle and seek help regarding substance and alcohol use.

The service aims to:

  • Keep young people safe from harm
  • Reduce number of young people using drugs and alcohol

Our Services include:

  • One to one support for young people
  • Group work – drug and alcohol education and advice
  • Outreach and detached work
  • Training for professionals
  • Treatment, where appropriate
  • Signposting for additional support (eg mental health or housing)

Why not read about what Ofsted have said about our good practise:

Have a look at the link below:

Other useful links:

UK National Drugs Helpline (FRANK) – 0800 776 600

Targeted Play Sessions

Our Play Team delivers Targeted Play sessions and one to one support that will work with children aged 5-13 years old across West Leeds who have a range of needs, including:

  1. At risk of social isolation
  2. Low attendance/ attainment at school
  3. Behavioural difficulties

This project is funded by The Henry Smith Charity.

For further information or to refer to our services please contact Helen Hart, Children and Young People’s Service Manager – or Amanda Ogg (Team Leader)

Barca-Leeds says.

The impact of youth work is notoriously difficult to measure. But what we do makes a real difference to young people, their families and community. It’s not just about reducing rates of offending or anti-social behaviour. When I see a young person who thought they had nothing building their confidence, winning an award, achieving accredited learning, being able to speak up for themselves… that’s what we’re here for. I truly believe in young people. The community never forgets we’re here. Years later, young people we’ve worked with will drop by to say hello, introduce us to their own children or tell us about their new job.

Facts and figures.

  • 32 young people per week engaged in our Youth Work programme
  • Barca Connexions works with around 16 young people per week on a 1:1 basis
  • Barca Youth Clubs are open-door services. Around 20 young people attend each twice-weekly session.

How we could grow the service

Future services will be developed specifically around the needs of young people with a local cluster of schools.

Andrew’s story

Andrew, 15, often attended a local youth club. One day, he approached one of the youth workers to ask whether they might get together elsewhere instead. Over the next few weeks, Andrew and his friends, with the help of the youth worked, planned a day trip to Scarborough. They had to check train times, work out a budget, research what to do there, do a risk assessment, arrange permission forms, hold meetings and make decisions as a team. The Scarborough trip came and went; the skills Andrew picked up are permanent.

Sarah’s story

When the youth work van began to park up and open its doors in her neighbourhood, Sarah, 16, came along to say hello to the youth workers. Sometimes she would sit inside and have a chat. On other occasions, she would just watch a DVD or play a game. Sarah’s self-confidence was very low. ‘I’ll never get a job,’ she would say. ‘I can’t do anything. I’m rubbish.’ As Sarah’s trust in the youth workers grew, they were able to challenge her negative view of herself. Sarah eventually asked about volunteer work, and the workers were able to arrange this. Later, they helped Sarah apply for college. Sarah now works as a nursery nurse.

Josh’s story

The detached youth workers first came across Josh when he was 13. He was identified as one of the top 50 most vulnerable young people in the area. Josh, who was easily influenced by his peers, was associating with known offenders, and so was at risk of moving into the criminal justice system. The detached workers slowly but steadily built up their relationship with Josh. Eventually, Josh allowed them to help him apply for a building apprenticeship, which he got. Now that Josh has skills ranging from carpentry and joinery to brick work, his prospects are much more positive. This process took the best part of eight years.

Team: Talent Match


Talent Match is a project supporting young people 18-24yrs overcome barriers to employment and help them gain the skills they need to get in to work.


  • 18-24yr olds
  • They must have been unemployed for 12 months (or worked under 16 hours a week).
  • Live in West (but we can signpost to other areas of the city)

Service includes:

  • One-to-one support
  • Home visits
  • Employability Skill Workshops
  • Finance and Housing Support
  • Advocating for young people
  • Signposting to relevant service if required

To refer to the service please email

Team: Targeted Family Support Service


Supporting families with children aged 5-16yrs who are affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse.


  • Current or previous parental drug or alcohol use
  • Families live in West/North West Leeds
  • There is a child in the family aged between 5-16yrs

Service Includes:

  • Access to positive opportunities
  • One-to-one support
  • Positive family experiences including family group sessions and outings
  • Issue based group work
  • Sibling work
  • General family support to improve outcomes for children and young people

To refer please contact

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