Thursday, 07 January 2016 16:27

Alcohol Awareness Workpack

Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: none



Intended outcomes:

  • The young person to gain a greater awareness of the role of Alcohol in their life and the potential detrimental effects and impact.  
  • Guide the young person towards safer drinking behaviour, minimising risks of harm.
  • Encourage the young person to review their drinking behaviour and possibly make them more willing to engage in specialist services to look at reduction.


The Alcohol Awareness work pack comprises intervention materials designed to explore the reasons behind the young person consuming alcohol and the impact that this has on their life and their family members.

The materials should be delivered by someone skilled in motivational interviewing, the materials require at least three different coloured pens, pencils and for one exercise access to the internet and the website The pack here is for 1:1 work, however the materials can and have been adapted to work in a group setting.

The pack is flexible in terms of duration, for low intensity/dosage orders a selection of exercises (pages 1-3, 5-7, 11 & 12) can be chosen, for young people with suitable need and length of time to complete the full pack can be completed. The work pack can change in duration depending on the young person’s engagement, knowledge and willingness to explore their alcohol consumption. 

Please see the supporting materials for:

Alcohol Awareness Pack – Guidance Sheet (This is an overview of each page including tutor notes for delivery)

Effects of Alcohol Cards (This is a published document including 6 effects of alcohol cards that best used when printed, trimmed and laminated)

What Makes it Work:

  • The pack is flexible and can be used to address basic awareness as well as more problematic alcohol consumption. 
  • The pack utilises a range of delivery methods throughout and caters for all learning styles. 
  • The exercises and their effectiveness will depend on the facilitator; however the pack is a well ordered and simple way of exploring alcohol consumption with a young person. 
  • Although the facilitator would benefit from some knowledge on the subject, the pack works in a way that allows the young person and facilitator to work through each exercise without it being a lecture on alcohol consumption. 
  • The pack, exercises and set up steers away from right and wrong rhetoric and is most effective when the young person is able to challenge their own drinking behaviour by simply completing the tasks with the aid of some further exploratory questions from a facilitator. 

Implementing The Practice:

  • Deliver the pack to yourself or a co-worker prior to completing with a young person.
  • The pack is designed for A3 Landscape Colour Printing, however can be reduced to A4 should it be necessary, this does not reduce the effectiveness of the resource but potentially the ability for the young person to focus and engage in the exercises. 
  • As mentioned in the ‘How it works in practice’ section, a facilitator with motivational interviewing skills, in particular a non-judgemental and non-didactic approach.   
  • Fully utilising the multimedia elements of the session, although the pack can work without the ‘awareness campaigns’ exercise it is a different and interesting delivery method that has been warmly received by young people completing the pack. 
  • The pack is open to alteration and editing, for example the ‘awareness campaign’ exercise was added in 2013.


Darlington Youth Offending Service
Name: Michael Barr
Telephone:  01325 406407 (Ext: 6407)

Published in Practice Examples

Children and Young People Who Engage in Technology-Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour is a study by NSPCC around harmful sexual behaviour assisted by technology by children and young people. The research set out to explore the following:

  • how many young people participating in our service for harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) have engaged in Technology Assisted (TA)-HSB
  • their backgrounds and characteristics
  • links between TA-HSB and offline HSB
  • how professionals respond to TA-HSB
Level:  2
Age: 11-16
Sex: n/a
Cost: none



Intended Outcomes:

  • To provide young people with knowledge of the law in relation to their internet use
  • To provide young people with the knowledge to keep themselves safe on line
  • To understand the consequences and impact of inappropriate internet behaviour   
  • To help young people understand the need for responsible choices when using the internet
  • To prevent young people from becoming victims or offenders on line




These are Interactive Classroom Lessons designed for 11 – 16 year olds in secondary school education settings and delivered by police officers. The lessons cover various aspects of on-line safety, specifically informing children of the need for care, restraint and responsibility when using the internet. The sessions, provide a menu of activities that can be chosen to fit time available, usually one hour slots, to form part of the Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum sessions.

The programme has been independently evaluated by the Young Foundation (link below);



What Makes it Work:

  • The police officers delivering the sessions have been trained in interactive teaching strategies which mean that they engage with the young people in the classroom. 
  • Delivered by a Police Officer means that they have credibility with the messages
  • The Police Officer is authentic and can give real examples of situations where offences have been committed and harm has been caused.
  • Supports schools in dealing with challenging social media issues
  • The officer deals with incidents and the young people therefore trust the information that the officer is giving.
  • The officer is often in and around school in their uniform and is trusted by young people.
  • This is a universally delivered programme and therefore reaches large numbers of young people



Implementing the Practice:

  • Liaison between Police Schools Officer and the Schools PHSE Coordinator to plan the lessons
  • Lessons can be delivered by Police Officers or suitably qualified facilitators. The facilitator could receive training from Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) in order to become a CEOP ambassador.
  • Consider group sizes as the lessons can be delivered either in a one to one setting or in a small to medium sized group setting.




Source Organisation:  Sussex Police
Name:  Caroline Adams
 01273 404864




Catch22 Dawes Unit and University College Birmingham have published a report investigating how the blurring of on and offline relationships among young people has left to safeguarding challenges for professionals. The report is available here on the Catch22 website.

Published in Serious Youth Violence
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:08

Thinkuknow Website

Thinkuknow is an on and offline safety programme for children, parents and professionals and is part of the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. CEOP’s Thinkuknow education programme endeavours to empower young people online through education. It has a range of resources that have been developed for use with children aged from 5-16, helping them to identify the risks they may face online and teaching them how to protect themselves and places to seek further support.



Friday, 22 September 2017 10:47

UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities: The Internet Watch Foundation, Childnet International and South West Grid for Learning,  with a shared mission to make the internet a safer and better place for children. You can find e-safety tips, advice and resources on their website - UK Safer Internet Centre.


Please note that the Internet Watch Foundation is the UK Hotline for removing and reporting child sexual abuse imagery online. If you stumble across sexual images or videos of children online, please report anonymously here.