Working with Local Authorities
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Children and Young People First (CYPF) London Semi-independent Unit is a UK registered company that provides semi-independent accommodation for care leavers, and provided support to young people in transitioning towards independent living.
We are a small, dedicated team of experienced professionals from the social and youth work sectors, with extensive experience working with care leavers and young people from diverse backgrounds. We have worked with a range young people from asylum-seeking and refugee backgrounds including Syria, Albania, Eritrea, Romania, Ethiopia, as well as from the UK.
We seek to empower young people with skills they need and deserve to lead successful, healthy lives, ensuring we respond to the unique individual needs of each young person. Our aim is to provide support and opportunities for personal development, in a safe and nurturing environment.
We know that transitioning from full-time care to independence is a big life step, and by focusing on the core values of providing high-quality accommodation, safety, guidance and empathy, young people are able to flourish and be in charge of their lives with confidence.
We offer modern, shared semi-independent housing in Essex with floating support. Our homes are based in areas with good transport links and close to local amenities.
Every young person has their own secure bedroom, with a wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk (and chair) with access to a communal living area, kitchen and Wi-Fi internet.
Our accommodation meets health and safety regulations, including the installed smoke alarms, fire regulated furnishings and plan, as well as valid gas and electric certificates.
We offer guidance on accessing local and sexual health services for young people in care. Our registered nurse is able to offer confidential advice, and signpost services that can help with health issues such as contraception, sexual health, mental wellbeing or substance misuse.
We understand how important it is for young people to finding a community, and access education or employment, especially for those new to the UK.
That's why we're committed to equipping young people with these vital skills for living independently, ensuring they are listened to and empowered to make their own decisions.
We provide support to asylum seekers through the application process, helping to find legal representation, attending court hearings and Home Office interviews.