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Support for vulnerable young people in Lewisham SE6

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Lewisham Council has implemented a number of cuts in support for young people with health issues or not in education, employment or training (NEET):

- cutting funding for a mental health support worker based within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), specifically to work with referrals from youth advice service Connexions. As a result, there will be no dedicated CAMHS support to NEET young people with mental health issues, who will instead have to access services via a GP referral

- a dedicated youth worker to provide information and guidance to target hard to reach young people

- non-recruitment of a specialist teacher trained to advise children who are complex deaf/blind. The council will continue to employ other such specialist teachers, but this cut limits provision of what is a popular service among parents of affected children, and has anecdotally prevented high cost tribunals or judicial reviews being sought by parents

- reduced funding for a project delivered by charity Catch 22 that provides support to reduce the number of young people that offend and reoffend. It targets those committing anti social behaviour who may have not come to the attention of the Youth Offending Service

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