Help for Plymouth truants

More than a hundred youngsters have been helped in the past 4-years.

Most sixteen year olds leave school with qualifications and some job prospects. But for those who've missed school because of truanting it can be a different story.

They are likely to leave with the reading and writing ability of an EIGHT year old, have little to no job prospects and eventually to survive on the streets will fall into a life of crime.

CLICK HERE: to see a video youngsters made about the service.

The Youth Intervention workers' who work 1:1 with young people identified at risk of offending identify library engagement and reading targets for their caseload, support behaviour management at weekly HeadSpace sessions and work 1:1 with HeadSpace young people at risk of offending.

LISTEN HERE: Outreach Support Worker Emma Sheriff

Key projects delivered together to date include:

  • Secondary Inclusion Programme (SIP) – an offsite education provision for young people at risk of school exclusion;
  • HeadSpace – a library run by young people for young people in a deprived area;
  • Film making – our joint entry for the Public Library Building Awards 2008;
  • Training – library service and project briefings for SIP and Intervention workers;
  • Summer workshops – songwriting at Budo Beatz, Fashion targets knife crime at St Budeaux Library;
  • Library promotion – community fairs and library sessions within youth drop-ins.


Tiles used to improve reading skills.

School leavers can't read or write 


For more information on Youth offending prevention CLICK HERE

For further information and to request a referral form please contact the Team on 01752 304800.