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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for the young people of our Borough

Guidance Services


Universal Careers Guidance

Youth Direction has a dedicated team of Careers Advisers, who are contracted by many of our local schools and academies, to provide impartial and independent careers advice and guidance as well as to offer interviews for students from years 9 to 11.

Careers advice and guidance provides information on all the available options to each young person. This includes all aspects of education, employment and training provision such as; alternative providers, work-based training and apprenticeships.

Youth Direction Information, Advice and Guidance is also externally accredited to the Matrix Standard, the nationally recognised quality benchmark for information, advice and guidance services.


Guidance Services

The Guidance Service delivers information advice and guidance through one-to-one interviews where options are introduced, explored and discussed. This enables the young person to make an informed decision about their future. This may include:

  • Action plan
    Creating an action plan gives focus to the young person’s needs.
  • Job information
    Up to date and accurate job information can help inform choices.
  • Applications
    Help with colleges and other learning providers.
  • CVs
    Help to create a personal tailored CV.
  • Apprenticeships
    Support exploring and apply for apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Visits to colleges and other learning providers
  • Exploring higher education
    Exploring options through UCAS and support with A Level choices.

For further information about the delivery of careers advice and guidance in your/your child’s school or academy please contact the school. Visit the Find a schools page for full school details.


Preventions Service

Our Preventions Service provides support and early intervention to young people aged 8 to 17 years who reside within the Stockton Borough.

Support may be given to those:

  • At risk of school exclusion.
  • Involved in anti-social behaviour within their community.
  • At risk of involvement in criminal behaviour.

If you are concerned about a child or young person in one or more of the areas listed above please contact the team to discuss a referral to our service.

Help available from the Preventions Service
We offer a range of support to help young people achieve improved outcomes. Help includes:

  • Targeted one to one guidance.
  • The opportunity to gain qualifications.
  • Targeted group work.
  • Exciting projects.
  • Positive activities.
  • Holiday activity programmes.

How to refer a child or young person to the Preventions Service
We accept self referrals from young people, parents and carers. Please contact the team to arrange a home visit to discuss further.

If you are a professional making a referral, please contact the team on 01642 677600.


Useful websites

In order to help with making choices, you or your child may find the following websites useful:

Is the main government site with information and links on areas such as benefits, education and apprenticeships.