The Personal Development Partnership (PDP) is a youth engagement strategy designed to support young people aged 14-19 years old, who have been identified as being on the cusp of offending or involved in anti-social behaviour.

In 2010, The Scottish Government supported the development of a third sector led project, The Personal Development Partnership (PDP), helping young offenders and those identified as at risk of offending to engage with positive activity and develop the skills to move forward into education, training and employment.

A partnership between The Prince’s Trust, Venture Trust and Venture Scotland, the project has supported over 420 young people in the last three years, with over 50% of young people moving on to a positive destination and over 77% improving their employability and life skills.

The PDP draws to a close on 1st July 2013. Throughout it’s three years, it has provided valuable insight into supporting the needs of vulnerable and at risk young people and has been an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of partnership working across the third, public and private sectors.  By working in collaboration, the project has provided young people with a comprehensive development journey through each partner’s provision – tailored to individuals specific needs and offering the right support at the right time.  We will continue to draw on this collaborative approach, as we remain committed to supporting those marginalised young Scots who need this level of support.

The development of the Positive Destination Advisor role has been a key success of the project and is an approach to youth work which all partners are further embedding as part of their ongoing practice to  enhance their support services for young people.