Early Intervention & Targeted Support

early intervention and targeted supportTraining Workshops

Targeted work with Children aged 7 -13 years old

Young People, Justice, Law & Order

Targeted work with Young People

Exploring Anger & Aggressive Behaviour with Young People

Planning Targeted Groupwork

Courses in this section are aimed at those practitioners supporting vulnerable, ‘at risk’ or hard to reach children and young people.

Targeted work with Children aged 7 -13 years old

Increasingly youth work skills are being used to effectively target children who are raising concerns more traditionally associated with older teens, e.g. anti-social behaviour, peer pressure, bullying, and low self esteem.

This interactive workshop offers a range of creative age appropriate activities to engage children in identifying the people and issues that are important to them, raise confidence and help to build good emotional wellbeing. This includes reflecting on how feelings impact on behaviour, to build empathy and understanding of consequences.

This training is ideal for all those working in targeted and early intervention services, including youth workers, social workers, teachers and counsellors, who want to try out new ideas and add to their professional toolkit.

Learning outcomes


Participants will:

  • Explore the factors that contribute to make a child "at risk"
  • Try out a range of resources that take into account different learning styles and abilities
  • Review activities to inform assessments and build trust
  • Explore ways to develop confidence and build self esteem
  • Consider ideas to develop communication skills and emotional literacy
  • Explore attitudes and values and the impact of family, peers and the media

Supporting Youth Work Resource Book: Games and Activities for Exploring Feelings
 

Young People, Justice, Law & Order

This new training day is aimed at practitioners working in targeted or preventative services who want to engage with young people to explore attitudes to justice, democracy and the law in ways that are meaningful and interesting.

During this interactive workshop, participants will be given a VR resource toolkit packed with ideas to explore personal and cultural values around loyalty, friendship, peer pressure, blame and fairness. Emphasis will also be placed on finding positive ways to get young people’s voices heard, outside of media-fuelled concerns about youth gangs and crime, so that they believe they can make a difference.

Topics covered throughout the day include exercising the right to peacefully protest, community campaigning and the pros and cons of taking to the streets. The activities devised also invite young people to consider the moral, political and criminal aspects of civil unrest and riots, encouraging a culture of personal and collective responsibility.

Learning outcomes



This training day will:

  • Equip participants with a wide range of exclusive social education resources to use with young people
  • Discuss the values and attitudes of young people to crime, law breaking and justice
  • Consider the meaning and ethics of justice, fairness and forgiveness
  • Consider punishments, law enforcement and the legal system
  • Discuss individual and collective rights to protest and ways to become politically active

Supporting Youth Work Resource Book: Young People and Citizenship

Targeted work with Young People

Increasingly, young people’s services are being asked to use youth work skills to engage 'targeted' or 'hard to reach' young people in positive activities. This training provides an opportunity to consider risk factors that contribute to making some young people more 'at risk' of criminal activity and anti-social behaviour than others. It also identifies protective factors and considers ways to build resilience in young people, enabling them to cope better with issues in their lives.

Learning outcomes
Participants will:

  • Consider legislation that impacts on young people
  • Identify the factors that contribute to make a young person "at risk"
  • Develop an awareness of protective factors and ways to build resilience
  • Consider effective ways to target hard to reach young people and engage them in youth services
  • Share good practice in prevention

Exploring Anger & Aggressive Behaviour with Young People

This practical training is a basic introduction for anyone looking to develop short anger management programmes in a non-therapeutic environment. Suitable for those working with young people in a range of settings, including youth centres, one-stop-shops and schools, the training comes complete with session plans and tools to facilitate 1:1 or small group work sessions with young people to explore anger, enabling them to express their emotions more positively.

Learning outcomes;

  • How to put together a short course that explores feelings of anger and ways to express emotions positively
  • Ideas for exploring with young people 'triggers' that can lead to aggression
  • Ways to discuss feelings to develop emotional literacy
  • Simple techniques to reduce stress and understand and express feelings
  • Ways to set and review goals

Supporting Youth Work Resource Book: Exploring Feelings

Planning Targeted Groupwork

This course is for youth workers and other professionals working (or planning to work) with targeted young people in a groupwork setting. This could include NEET young people and those at risk of offending or anti-social behaviour, as well as those within the youth justice system or excluded from mainstream education.

The training day briefly explores key groupwork theories, looks at group dynamics and considers managing conflict within the group and how to challenge effectively, so that young people can express themselves positively and learn within a supportive environment.

Learning outcomes:
By the end of the course participants should have:

  • Considered appropriate models of groupwork for targeted groups
  • Explored barriers to group processes and participation
  • Discussed professional boundaries, confidentiality and diversity
  • Considered strategies for managing challenging behaviour and diffusing aggression
  • Explored groupwork techniques and activities to engage young people
  • Looked at ways to involve young people in measurable outcomes
  • Discussed ways to close groups and move young people on effectively.

Supporting Youth Work Resource BooksTeambuildingEvaluations & Endings