Turnaround Family Services provides services aimed at preventing youth offending and reoffending.

Turnaround Project

Turnaround Project, also known as the Youth Inclusion and Support Panel (YISP), provides support services to high risk 8–17 year olds referred to the Merton Youth Justice Service and their families. These include:

  • mentoring
  • interactive one-off workshops
  • group and 1-2-1 individual support sessions
  • parenting support
  • positive diversionary activities (for example, music projects, photography, film making, angling,football)

Merton Triage

Triage is a scheme involving the Police, Merton Youth Justice Service (YJS) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). It provides early diversion for young people aged 10 - 17 years who’ve been arrested for first-time low level offences. Support includes:

  • 1-2-1 work
  • mentoring
  • positive activities
  • restorative work with victims

Parenting Support Services


Parenting Support Services aims to help parents with their parenting skills which are often linked to anti-social to encourage healthy parent-child relationships. Parenting programmes include:

  • Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities (SFSC), which is designed to promote positive parenting
  • ESCAPE, which aims to improve relationships between young people and their families through a problem solving approach
  • Parallel Lines, which is a group work programme for young people
  • Speakeasy, which helps parents tackle questions about relationships and sex
  • a range of interactive one-off workshops

Make a referral to Turnaround Family Services

Schools, statutory and voluntary agencies and parents or carers can make referrals to Turnaround Family Service. Parental consent is required.

For more information about our services or a referral pack call 020 8274 5953 or email turnaround@merton.gov.uk​.

Download the referral form for professionals.

Download the referral form for parents.