Youth Justice Engage Project

Aims of the Project

The project aims to work with children and young people (10 to 17 years) in police detention at Barnet, Brent and Harrow Custody Suites. It will identify risk factors relating to Serious Youth Violence (SYV) and ensure appropriate and targeted responses via local interventions and provisions. 

The project will ensure a dedicated and trained practitioner provides intervention in police custody at teachable, reachable moments and beyond.

Engage, listening, and supporting young people without judgement

Getting arrested and being held in a custody cell can be stressful, scary, and confusing. But it can also be your key moment for change. An Engage Youth worker can guide you through the process of getting your life back on track.

We can help you get back on track

You will get a dedicated Youth worker who will help you to achieve your personal goals. We believe that you know your situation best. So our job is to hear you out, and together come up with a plan that works for you.

Things an Engage worker could support you with:

  • Help to feel safe in the local community
  • Education, employment, and apprenticeships
  • Engaging in a positive activities such as sports and music
  • Worries about drugs or alcohol
  • Knowing your rights
  • Worries or concerns around health and wellbeing

How it works

Step 1:
An Engage Youth worker will visit you while you’re in custody

Step 2: 
Your Engage worker will arrange a place and time to meet with you on 3 sessions outside of custody to work on a personalised plan.

Step 3:
With support from your Engage worker you’ll be able to put your plan into action.

Step 4:
With your Engage worker you’ll review your progress and decide the next steps. This includes talking about other services that can help support you.

Where we are based

Youth Justice Service
London Borough of Barnet
2 Bristol Avenue
Telephone: 020 8359 5535
To find out more please visit:

Harrow Family Centre right opposite South Harrow Police Station:
Hillview Family Centre 
2 Grange Road South 
Harrow HA2 0LW
Telephone: 020 8422 4692

Brent Council
3rd Floor Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way
Middlesex HA9 0FJ
Telephone: 020 8937 3810

Youth Justice Service Engage Project (PDF, 308KB)