The Intensive support programme provides intensive support of up to 15 hours a week for a 6 month period to young people (8 – 18 years old) and their families to help them achieve their goals. Young people referred to our programme may be at high risk of placement in care, secure care and/or custody (Level 3 and 4 on the Hardiker Scale). They may also be experiencing difficulties around their home, education, peer groups, behaviour and/or community. Young people are carefully matched with an Advocate from our panel and work closely together over their period of the programme.

The intensive support programme is a needs-led service and together with their team leader the young person identifies their needs and goals which creates their Individual Service Plan and guides their experience on the YAP Programme.



The best thing about YAP is getting to go out with someone in the community that you can really relate to.

Young Person

The YAP programme was very beneficial for the child to have time to complete direct work outside the home. I feel it was a very supportive programme for the child in question. The child really enjoyed taking part with the programme and this showed how YAP advocates built a trusted relationship for the child in a very friendly environment.

Social Worker


The training and experience gained by Advocates through employment with YAP Ireland has long-term beneficial outcomes for you and your communities.