Project information

Therapeutic Help for Vulnerable Young People

To help young people experiencing emotional or mental health difficulties to profound and lasting change. We work with young people around a wide variety of problems such as self harm, anxiety, depression, violent behaviour and much more to help them develop in to happy and healthier adults,

It is ongoing

Charity information

Brent Centre for Young People

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  • Need


    The Proportion of young people aged 16-19 years with clinically significant mental health problems rose from 10% to 14% between 1993 and 2000 (Singleton, 2001) and it appears that it is still on the rise. Young people from their 18th birthdays are thrust in to
    adult services and the support structures that have helped contain their difficulties are withdrawn. This can lead to breakdown and crisis which puts a young person at risk of social exclusion, unemployment, substance misuse and much more


    BCYP provides therapeutic support that understands the nature of adolescence and the transition to adulthood. In this way we are able to support young people based on developmental and individual needs (rather than arbitrary dates) and therefore we can provide continuity and stability. Our services promote engagement, not only with therapy but with other appropriate services. Our therapy aims to address the cause of emotional or mental health difficulties and so achieve profound & lasting change

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Better emotional and mental well being for young people


    » We will provide evidenced and effective therapeutic interventions that will address the root causes of the difficulties they are experiencing.

    Success will be... reduction or cessation of presenting problems and symptoms

    Aim 2

    Holistically supported young people


    » Through our Mental Health Support and Engagement Service we will help identify and support all of a young persons needs.

    Success will be... young people engaged with services that address their needs.

    Aim 3

    Better life chances for young people


    » By supporting and treating young people we will be helping them to grow in to happier and healthier adults.

    Success will be... young people with improved circumstances i.e. engagement with education or a reduction in substance misuse.

  • Impact


    We aim to prevent further breakdown and crisis, particularly in adulthood. We will know this from anecdotal evidence voluntarily submitted to the charity. We also aim to continue to contribute to a greater understanding of adolescence and adolescent development and we will demonstrate this through the enduring relevance of our publications.


    The vulnerable young people we work with present a considerable risk to themselves and others. We manage this risk through careful and thoughtful clinical governance. Staff are supervised and supported clinically by senior clinicians. We also a have strong culture of peer support among staff. Staff will involve all appropriate services when there is concern for someone's safety.


    We report to donors through our Annual Review, newsletters and written communications. We also welcome visits from interested to parties to our Centre. We occasionally hold open days and conferences that donors may be invited to attend as well as a number of other events.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £122,927

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      Amount Heading Description
      £112,951 Staff Salaries to employ staff
      £9,976 Clinical Governance and Admin For the safe and proper operation of the project, including overheads

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Comic Relief £36,138 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Service will be provided at Laufer House in the London Borough of Brent. Laufer house is equipped with 5 consulting rooms that are conducive to therapeutic work.


    This project is for young people aged 17 to 25 who are experiencing mental or emotional difficulties. Over 80% of our referrals come from the London Borough of Brent, which has been shown to be one of the 15% most deprived local authorities in the country. Brent has high levels of crime and substance misuse in comparison to the rest of the country. Brent is also ethnically diverse with over 70% of the Borough’s Secondary school children from BME traditions.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With over 40 years of experience and the research to support it, the BCYP is a world leader in Adolescent Mental Health. Our widely published and respected staff are able to provide great insight into some of the most difficult challenges facing young people and their communities.

    BCYP works in close partnership with relevant voluntary and statutory organisations. We have excellent clinical governance and we are always focused on the needs of the young person.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr De Sauma

    CEO and Clinical Director. Dr de Sauma is highly qualified and experienced in the field of mental health. He has worked at the Centre for 20 years.

    Dr Catalina Bronstein

    Senior Clinician. Dr Bronstein works with young people but also supports staff. Dr Bronstein is a senior lecturer at UCL and a training Analyst.

    Mrs Eglé Laufer

    Founder and consultant. Mrs Laufer founded the Centre with her husband Dr Laufer. Together they published several widely used texts on adolescence.