Taboo Youth Initiative


We believe that every young person has the ability and the right as an individual to achieve his or her goal in life given the chance. With their potential and our encouragement and support young people can develop their independence and confidence.

We adopt a partnership approach with young people working on empowering them to participate, thereby raising self esteem, confidence and self awareness.

We offer routes to accreditation and provide support and opportunities for young people, developed in an enjoyable environment with the use of informal learning through good youth work practice.

Who are we?


Taboo is a multi-agency educational initiative catering for young people who, through non-attendance, exclusion or disengagement, have suffered an irretrievable breakdown in their education and are unlikely to either go back into the schooling system or progress into training, further education or employment.

Who do we work with?


Taboo works with young people aged 13 to 16 years old that are currently not attending school or who are on the cusp of exclusion. Our purpose is to re-engage young people back into a learning environment through a structured programme accreditied through ASDAN. The programme also encourages the young people to develop constructive leisure time activities and interests that they can participate in outside of their time at Taboo.

Aims and Objectives


Our aim is to work with young people and help them to learn and attain an ASDAN accreditation in various areas, including:

  • Health
  • Sport and leisure
  • Expressive Arts
  • Culture and diversity
  • Beliefs and values
  • Information handling
  • Health and survival
  • Home management and independent living
  • Work in the community and environment
  • First aid appointed person training

All our sessions are planned to give young people the opportunity to discuss and express their views and opinions.
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