History of Reboot

In November 2018, the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner was successful in its bid to the Home Office for £890,000 of funding, under the Early Intervention Youth Fund. The programme was later named "REBOOT" by young people in Sussex

Reboot launched on 1st April 2019, it brings together a partnership of 16 core partners, including ourselves at YMCA DLG, Hangleton and Knoll, Audio Active, Trust For Developing Communities, Active Sussex, Freedom Leisure, Wave Leisure, Albion in the Community, Changing Chances, Make Good Trouble, Sussex Liaison and Diversion, Sussex Police and the Youth Offending Service.

Reboot offers a non-criminal pathway providing a consistent approach across Sussex for supporting young people aged between 10 and 17 at a teachable moment. It is open to young people where a risk has been identified of being drawn into crime and violence and who are at risk from at least one of the key drivers of crime (defined in the Modern Crime Prevention Strategy).

There are five stages of increasing intervention. The aim is to build young people’s self-confidence and encourage them to positively engage with society, helping them to build trusted relationships with adults who are there to support and encourage them. This reduces their risk of abuse, exploitation and involvement in violence.

YMCA DownsLink Group coaching service

The coaching contract was awarded to a partnership of four VCSE organisations led by YMCA DownsLink Group. Nine specialist youth coaches were employed and began accepting referrals in May 2019.

In the first year of Reboot, the YMCA DownsLink Group coaching service took referrals at Stage 2 of the protocol as well as self/parent referrals and referrals from other partners such as education and the voluntary sector. As per the research, coaches work with the young person on a one-to-one basis, building a trusting and supportive relationship. They carry out a strengths-based assessment and develop a personalised plan which focuses on what is positive in the young person’s life and their interests rather than what is absent. The coaches help the young person engage in activities and identify opportunities within their community to develop their existing strengths/skills and build resilience. Inspired by the Icelandic Youth Programme, an “enabling fund” was set up to provide flexible funding to meet any immediate or medium term needs of the young person.

Over the first year of the programme Reboot worked directly with 938 young people.

For more detailed information about the positive outcomes Reboot had on its participants, please see our Impact Report from year on.

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