'The Positive Pathway' is a best practice model developed as a result of research and consultations undertaken with charities, organisations and young people by St Basils since 2012. It was first used in the 2012 Government report on homelessness 'Making every contact count'.
Since 2012 we have been working to roll out our ‘positive pathway’ framework nationwide, speaking to Local Authorities about this model and how it will help them and their partners develop a collaborative and integrated approach which will lead to better outcomes for young people.
It aims to give a clear framework to better prevent young people from becoming homeless in the first place. It also sets out the sort of services and support needed to help young people who do become homeless to build a more positive future.
St Basils Youth Homelessness Advisors Anna Whelan and Val Keen are funded by DCLG to offer free advice and support to Local Authorities to make the process of working collaboratively with partners, sharing information and utilising technology, much easier for Local Authorities to implement.
To ensure its continued relevance the positive pathway has recently been revised to better reflect new national policy changes and their impact on young people.
Anna and Val worked with young people from the National Youth Reference Group to develop this revised version, particularly the diagram which shows a much more visual representation of the ‘pathway’.