Services for Young People Hertfordshire Services for Young People

Personal development

Tailored support packages for individual young people are delivered by trained practitioners.

Personal development


Services for Young People has experience and specialist knowledge in offering sustained support for vulnerable young people by helping overcome barriers to progression. Issues and needs successfully addressed include lack of positive aspirations, emotional support, recognising potential, planning and preparing for independence.

Among outcomes expected are: improving attendance issues, raising achievement and engagement, boosting post-16 retention and improving relationships within the learning environment.

The practitioner works with the young person to identify areas for development, barriers to achieving their goals and both presenting and underpinning issues. By developing a realistic action plan the practitioner helps a young person set achievable targets for progression, promoting positive self-belief in their strengths, skills and personal qualities.

When required, the practitioner will work closely with parents, teachers or other key agencies to develop innovative and long lasting solutions to ensure young people have a smoother and less problematic journey throughout the educational system.

We can also offer sustained group work packages for young people who are identified as being at risk of dropping out of education or who are not progressing as they should. The nature and content of any group work will be designed to respond to needs, to deliver planned outcomes and can be tailored to specific groups.


Personal and social development groupwork programmes

Supporting physical health and wellbeing

Smoking, alcohol awareness and substance misuse


Value of the programme

Our professional Youth Workers can support schools to deliver tailored programmes which help students to develop a greater understanding of smoking, alcohol and substance misuse. The programmes are designed to support students’ personal development, behaviour and welfare.


Through the programme the group will:

  • Learn about the personal and social consequences and health risks related to smoking, alcohol and drug misuse
  • Improve their understanding of the link between physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Understand the risks associated with smoking, alcohol and substance misuse and develop strategies to minimise those risks for themselves, friends and family members, including where to access support.


We will work with you to:

  • Deliver groupwork sessions tailored to the needs of your students
  • Help your students develop resilience and strategies for maintaining emotional and physical health.


What are the benefits?

Students in years 7-13 in schools and colleges will benefit from tailored and engaging sessions delivered by professionals using experiments and demonstrations, effectively teaching them about the consequences of smoking, alcohol and drug misuse, enabling them to make informed decisions about their own health.

Delivery areaHertfordshire

Protective behaviours

Value of the programme

Students will learn how to evaluate risk and build resilience and skills to help them combat peer pressure and make informed decisions.

This programme supports your setting to deliver on the PHSE agenda and it can be adapted to address the specific issues facing your students.


Through the programme the group will:

  • Identify areas of risk in social situations
  • Identify risks associated with alcohol and drugs
  • Recognise the risks involved when using the internet and social media
  • Gain techniques for coping with peer pressure
  • Understand what help and support is available and how to access it.


What are the benefits?

Students in years 7–13 will benefit from tailored sessions, increasing their confidence and knowledge, enabling them to make positive decisions.


Delivery area: 
Hertfordshire

Confidence and resilience

Value of the programme

This programme develops confidence and resilience and explores the importance of emotional wellbeing and a healthy attitude. It covers how emotional wellbeing can impact on physical, social and mental health and helps individuals to develop a positive attitude to change; empowering them to make the most of the opportunities open to them.


Through the programme the group will:

  • Learn about the importance of emotional wellbeing and how it contributes to people’s health
  • Explore how to develop resilience and how it can be used to manage difficulties
  • Identify the factors that can have a positive and negative effect on emotional wellbeing
  • Learn how to manage their own emotional wellbeing.


We will work with you to:

  • Identify specific areas of concern within your school
  • Develop a package which is both informative and exciting for young people and supports your setting to meet the PHSE agenda.


What are the benefits?

Students in years 7–13 will benefit from learning valuable techniques and strategies to build their own resilience and support their emotional wellbeing.


Delivery area: 
Hertfordshire

Sexual health and relationships

Trained Youth Workers can deliver engaging and informative sessions to teach students about the importance of good sexual health and healthy relationships as part of your PHSE curriculum offer.

Through the programme the group will:

  • Learn what is meant by sexual relationships and different types of relationships
  • Identify what is ‘high risk’ sexual activity
  • Explore the social and individual risk factors
  • Discuss consent: the right to say no and what this means
  • Learn about sexually transmitted infections and how to keep healthy and safe.


What are the benefits?

Students in years 7–13 will benefit from learning about sexual health, the risk factors, STIs and know where to access further support.


Delivery area
: Hertfordshire

Raising awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE)

Value of the programme

Our specially trained Youth Workers deliver sessions as part of your PHSE agenda to support those at risk of child sexual exploitation and to educate your students on this serious issue.

We recommend the programme is delivered over seven 2-hour sessions. The Youth Workers encourage discussion and debate within the group. The groups can be single sex or mixed, depending on the specific needs of your students.

We will work with you to:

  • Raise young people’s awareness of CSE
  • Discuss how anyone can be at risk, the impact CSE can have and the challenges to getting out, once involved
  • Encourage young people to understand different relationships: healthy and unhealthy
  • Equip young people with the knowledge to be able to make informed and safe choices
  • Develop young people’s resilience and self-esteem
  • Enable young people to develop support networks with peers, Services for Young People practitioners and local services.


What are the benefits?

The Healthy Relationships Programme is suitable for all young people over the age of 13. The programme raises young people’s awareness of child exploitation and may be most appropriate to those potentially at risk of abuse and/or exploitation, with low self-esteem or vulnerable due to their personal circumstance.

Young people will learn how to keep themselves safe online and within the community, how they can recognise abusive behaviours and know how to access support, therefore equipping young people with the knowledge to make positive choices.


Coverage

  •  Hertfordshire


Feedback

  • "This is the best and most effective training for young people. It was hard hitting but it served as a wakeup call on how severe an issue CSE is.”
  • "Youth workers' experience made the examples very real and it enabled better reflection amongst the young people."

Further personal development groupworks, delivered by our information advice and guidance (IAG) teams are available as part of our Plan Your Future key stage 3-5 groupworks.