Safety Net Collaborative
By Cambridge Police Department, DHSP Cambridge Youth Programs, Cambridge Public Schools, and Cambridge Public Health Department
Our partnership fosters positive development, mental health, safe schools and communities, and limiting juvenile justice involvement through prevention, intervention and diversion services for youth.
This is an ongoing program.
Ages: 5 to 18 and Adult.
Youth are referred to the Safety Net program through one of our partners (Human Services, Police, Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Health Alliance).
No application or registration needed.
Someone from our department, your child's school, Cambridge Health Alliance, or Department of Human Service Programs will reach out to you if we believe your child or your family could benefit from our services.
The program location changes over time.
- Both in-person and virtual (online or over the phone).
We all have a role in helping Cambridge youth succeed in school and become productive, law-abiding adults. Intervening early when youth show signs of trouble can reduce the risk of committing crimes in the future and help keep them on the path to success. For first time, non-serious juvenile offenders, diversion and treatment in the community is often an effective alternative to arrest. The Cambridge Police Department's Youth & Family Services Unit believes that partnering with families, schools, mental health providers, youth activity programs, and other social services is essential to prevent and reduce the risk factors associated with juvenile delinquency.
The professionals involved in Safety Net outreach to families to develop an action plan that is tailored to meet the unique needs of the child. Examples of services and components of Safety Net initiative include:
- Connecting youth to mental health services, youth development activities, and mentoring
- Promoting school safety through Youth Resource Officers
- Home visit with families
- Juvenile diversion program
- Restorative justice and mediation
- Helping families and schools navigate the legal system
- Cross training among partner agencies