Nine youth support worker jobs in Portsmouth cal to be axed

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A THIRD of Portsmouth’s specialist youth support workers are set to be made redundant.

The service provides help with substance misuse, unemployment, offending or sexual health and will go from having the equivalent of 31 full-time jobs to around 22.

The city council’s director of children’s services, Julian Wooster, said this was the result of a drive to simplify the service and would mainly be achieved through voluntary redundancy.

He said: ‘At the moment, services in the city tend to specialise in one issue – substance misuse, unemployment, offending or sexual health.

‘This means one young person can end up working with several staff at the same time.

‘This can cause confusion and duplication and isn’t the best use of time and resources. Instead, one lead professional will support each young person.’

Staff are being consulted on the changes and the Unite union has said it has concerns about a reduced level of service.