Interventions for Vulnerable Youth (IVY) Project

The IVY project was introduced by CYCJ to promote best practice in forensic mental health risk assessment and management for young people who present a serious risk of harm to others.  IVY is based on awareness that a significant proportion of young people with severe conduct and offending behaviour problems do not have access to services capable of meeting their complex needs. It is a national service, which is funded by the Scottish Government and free for professionals to refer to.

This is a specialist psychological and social work service which reflects a multi-disciplinary tiered approach to risk assessment, formulation and management for high risk young people aged 12 to 18 years who present with complex psychological needs and high risk behaviour in terms of their violent conduct. Please be aware that a referral must be made before a young person’s 18th birthday.

IVY provides three distinct but related levels of risk assessment and management to ensure that young people have access to what is recognised as best practice in risk assessment:

Level 1: consultation and risk formulation clinic;

Level 2: additional psychological assessments; and

Level 3: treatment.

The IVY project supports referrals from social work, health, education, police or other professional organisations, and assessments and interventions with young people are consistent with GIRFEC.

Although based within CYCJ at Strathclyde University, IVY supports high risk young people and their families across Scotland. IVY aims to ensure these young people and the professionals working with them have access to the best advice, practice assessment and interventions addressing mental health, psychological and forensic risk and needs.

Find out more.

Download a referral form.

Download a consent form.

What referrers say

A well-presented analysis based on the exchange of information and discussion”

 “It’s excellent to be able to access this kind of support, and so quickly”

“I think that the service offered by the IVY team is invaluable”

“Exceptionally positive experience. Would welcome the opportunity to work with IVY again”

“Found it a valuable tool in putting things in perspective and allowing us the time to develop our understanding of the young person”

To make a referral, please complete the below referral and consent forms in respect of the young person you are referring. To speak to someone within the IVY team, please contact CYCJ  on 0141 444 8622 or via


In addition to the free national service offered by IVY, the IVY Project is also interested in developing partnerships with local authorities, health boards and voluntary sector agencies, with a view to offering specialist support that is tailored to meet the specific needs of different services for young people.

In April 2016, NHS Forth Valley commissioned IVY to provide consultation, training and partnership working in support of their Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Any agencies interested in discussing options for partnership working with the IVY Project, please contact the team on 0141 444 8671 or email

Meet the IVY team


Dr Lorraine Johnstone

Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Senior Research Fellow and Project Lead

Kate Black

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Fiona Dyer

CYCJ Practice Development Manager

Linda Robb

IVY practice development advisor

Clare Neil

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Susan Gordon

Administrative Assistant (IVY Project)

Contact the IVY team on

Contact Us

Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

(0141) 444 8622

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