Welcome to the Cambridgeshire Youth Support Service's Exploring Behaviours programme. Exploring Behaviours is a modular informal education group work programme which can be used by professionals with young people across Cambridgeshire to support and develop learning against a range of issue based themes.
Exploring Behaviours has been produced collaboratively by CCC Early Help Youth Offer colleagues and the Youth Offending Team. The programme explores current themes and issues and is presented as a modular programme so that practitioners can tailor-make their programme as appropriate to their young people and the desired learning outcomes.
Exploring Behaviours focuses on the development of healthy relationships in a safe and supportive group work environment. This setting allows participants to explore their own behaviour and the behaviours of others in the context of issues that affect adolescents. The programme also fosters and develops the important notion of reflecting in and on behaviour and the ability to make an informed decision and to access appropriate help and support as necessary. Exploring Behaviours is a preventative programme recommended for young people in school years 8/9 who are in or around the issues and topics covered rather than fully engaged. The focus is on the participant's understanding of the issues and learning to manage and understand the control they have over their own behaviour in relation to these issues.
The following key themes are explored to ensure knowledge and understanding that can support and educate young people to safeguard themselves and their peers:
- Youth Crime
- Anger Management
- Knife Crime
- Youth Voice - labelling, stereotypes, mental health, young people in the community.
The programme can be used flexibly to address and prioritise learning for young people and ensure their needs are met. Exploring Behaviours uses best practice techniques and can be accredited through the Cambridgeshire Youth Award. Practitioners can select activities and session plans to build their own programme, saving time by using existing resources and tools.
As professionals we know that young people exploring significant themes in safe environments (where a significant and positive relationship has been established) can and does lead to disclosures and a desire for further information and additional support.
It is essential that all practitioners delivering Exploring Behaviours:
- Are confident to sign post young people effectively for additional support and can follow CCC safeguarding processes
- Have completed relevant training around the relevant issues and have access to a colleague who can offer specialist follow up support as appropriate to staff or the participants.
- Have access to appropriate supervision and know the safeguarding leads in the participant’s education setting.
- Commit to the continued development of the programme to ensure its relevance and that learning from delivery and the youth voice is used to its full potential to implement relevant change.
- Have a commitment to continuing professional development as required.
This programme has been produced by the Central YSS with thanks to Trish Finnimore, Dibs Fletcher, Ian McLaughlin, Hannah Redding, Ummar Anjum and Gianni Fella.