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Merton Young Person’s Risk and Resilience Service

Specialist service integrating substance misuse treatment and sexual health provision.

Young people aged 11 to 24-years-old | London Borough of Merton

The Risk and Resilience Service is an integrated service focussed on mitigating risk and promoting resilience in young people. The service aims to reduce harm to young people aged 24 and under and who are at serious risk of harm from, or are experiencing, or have been using substances, reported Missing from home or care, exploited.

The services encompass the following elements:

  • Substance misuse treatment and prevention
  • Wrap-around support for multi-agency professionals, and
  • Support for young people at risk or experiencing exploitation.

Read about our impact in our 2020 – 2021 Annual Review

Below we outline the forms of support we offer to young people, parents and carers, and professionals.


Using a single point of access, individual needs are assessed, and a support plan based on our vulnerability model is developed that includes shared goals to improve family life and supports building resilience. Young people are then supported according to their individual needs, such as through one-to-one work, drop-in sessions, peer support and awareness-raising training.

The team builds relationships with young people that seek to increase their engagement in diversionary activities, such as health based activities, DJ workshops, photography, urban dance and football, that support the reduction in the use of substances and/or criminal exploitation (CE), promote sexual health and positive healthy choices.

Service user involvement

Young people are offered the opportunity to be actively involved in the delivery of the service, enabling them to participate in meaningful ways, such as through recruitment and volunteering.

Support for young people

Sexual health

Support includes:

  • registration for C-Card
  • access to free condoms
  • access to sexual health information and advice
  • sexual Health/C-Card training for Merton professionals.

Substance misuse

Support includes:

  • comprehensive assessment and specialist care with planned one-to-one support and treatment interventions
  • alcohol, drugs and sex and relationships education (SRE) workshops for young people
  • consultancy and training for professionals working with young people using and/or at risk of using substances, either in-house or on a multi-delegate basis.


The work encompasses a range of early interventions and targeted support with families, and we carry out return home interviews for all missing children. Visit the Catch22 CSE and Missing landing page

Find out how to stay safe online and download posters from our CSE Awareness Poster Hub.

Support for parents and carers

Recognising the important role of the family and carers in young person’s journey, Catch22 in Merton also offer advice and support to parents and carers, such as awareness raising and one to one sessions.

Support for professionals

In addition, the experienced team offers training and support to professionals working with young people across Merton. Through a commitment to partnership working across the borough, staff seek to achieve a seamless delivery for the young people using the service and their families.

Referral options for this service

You can refer yourself
You can refer family or a friend
You can refer a client

Referrals can be made by completing the referral form and emailing it to

Referrals are accepted directly from young people, from parents/carers and from other people who are concerned about a young person. Staff work proactively with partner organisations across Merton to ensure there are clear referral pathways.

Volunteer and placement opportunities

You can volunteer for this service
You can't get a placement at this service

Volunteers play an important role in the service. Please contact if you are interested in volunteering.