Safe zones

We are delighted to announce that the contract for the new safe zones for children and young people has been awarded to national charity The Children’s Society, which will work in partnership with local charities Bolton Lads and Girls Club, Manchester Youth Zone and 42nd Street.

This follows a competitive tender process, where all interested providers were invited to submit a bid.

The new safe zones form part of the Greater Manchester crisis care pathway for children and young people. The aim of the pathway is to make sure young people receive the RIGHT help, at the RIGHT time, by the RIGHT person, in the RIGHT place, 100 per cent of the time.

This will dramatically improve their overall experience, along with those who care for them, and help to keep them out of hospital

Young people aged 13 to 18 years will be able to go to one of the safe zones when they are experiencing a mental health crisis.

They will be run by experienced staff from the above charities, who will provide the young person with appropriate support and advice.

To begin with, young people will be referred to the safe zone by the new rapid response teams. However, the long term goal is that young people will simply be able to drop in.

The safe zones will launch in summer 2019 and more information will be shared soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us.