Music Based Intervention: Back on track - Cheshire West, Halton and Warrington YOS

Age: 10-18
Sex: n/a
Cost: no




  • To lead the attendees away from offending
  • To lead attendees away from anti-social behaviour
  • Increased engagement in ETE
  • Further training at a higher level post accreditation from this course
  • Offers opportunities to showcase achievements through both live performances at prestigious local venues and recordings of their work




Back on Track is a music-based intervention covering all aspects of music production. It is designed to help engage the most difficult to reach young people and delivered as a group-based tutor-led programme of 2-hours duration/per session where attendance is open-ended. Attendees can drop in for a session or several sessions with the opportunity to gain accreditation for their learning with Arts Awards and Rock School.



What makes it work:

  • It allows the participants to develop interests they may already have in music
  • It employs local tutors – who have both a background in music and who are skilled in engaging with and working with challenging young people
  • It operates at community venues which have other provisions available, for example community centres and youth centres where signposting to other facilities is readily available for the young people attending
  • It allows the young people to gain accreditation for the work they produce via Arts Award and Rockschool
  • It allows participants to develop positive relations with their fellow attendees



Implementing the practice:

In the first instance try to obtain funding from one or a combination of the following organisations -

  • National Foundation of Youth Music
  • UNITAS Arts Council (England)
  • Big Lottery
  • Local Organisations

Once funding has been obtained move to the implementation stage -

  • Locate venues which have adequate provisions and facilities specific to the running of this course
  • Organise the venue(s) and match the tutors to locations – dependent upon the geographical configuration of your YOT




YOT: Cheshire West, Halton and Warrington Youth Offending Service
Name: Chris Sweeting
Telephone: 0151 530 5253

Source Organisation: Score Creative Education
Name: Stephen Oates