The Children’s Society in Tees Valley has a long history of providing children and family services in the Tees Valley area

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We have a successful track record of working with the most hard-to-reach groups, enabling children, young people and their families to find solutions to barriers that they face. 

We do this through:

Restorative Youth Support Service

Our restorative processes bring those harmed by crime or conflict and those responsible for harm into communication, enabling everyone affected by the particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.

Who is this service available to? 

It provides children and young people who have been in trouble with the law the opportunity to make amends to victims and the organisations that have been harmed by crime. They are given the chance to say sorry and put things right.

By mediating between the parties involved (the victims and young people), The Children’s Society, as lead restorative justice practitioners, address the causes and effects of the young person’s actions.

As a result, we have seen young people become active citizens and families reunited. Victims and young people can get back on track with their lives.

How to access our service

We work in partnership with Hartlepool Youth Offending Services and referrals are made to us via Hartlepool Police.

Tees Valley Restorative Programme

This service, supported by Northern Powergrid, draws on our extensive experience in restorative justice, family mediation and intensive support to teenagers to help some of the most vulnerable young people and families in the area.

The service consists of:

  • mediation to families in crisis
  • intensive support to care leavers
  • safer choices sessions to children under 16
  • group work focussing on reducing risk taking behaviour, emotional well-being and readiness for work

Who is this service available to?

We work with Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland local authorities, delivering this resilience and emotional well-being programme for those who meet the following criteria:

  • families with young repeat offenders in the criminal justice system
  • families with young people who go missing from home and are at risk of sexual exploitation
  • young people aged 16 and leaving care
  • families with children on the edge of care

How to access this service  

Process for referral:

For information and discussion about eligibility for the service please contact the service manager. A referral form should be completed for submission to an allocations panel. A response to all referrals will be made within three working days. If the referral is appropriate, an allocation to a project worker will be made in five working days.


For both services, contact:

Service manager: Lynda Smith


Old Billingham Business Centre

1 Chapel Road


TS23 1EN

t: 01642 559 147