Offending Behaviour and Drugs and Alcohol Awareness programme - Cumbria Specialist Youth Service (2017)

Age: 10-17
Sex: N/A
Cost: Yes



  • The Young People Law and Order course Unit - challenges a Young Persons Offending Behaviour (see portfolio document for further info )
  • The Drugs and Alcohol Misuses Awareness course Unit - provides basic info on the physical and psychological effects of Alcohol & Drugs Misuse, (see portfolio document for further info )
  • To Accredit the Young Person with an Entry Level Award in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (Entry 3) (QCF). (Young people must be 14 to gain the award)
  • To Signpost to other agencies that may offer help and support with regards to Drug and Alcohol Misuse and Young People involved in the Criminal Justice System.



HowStuffWorks s is an Offending Behaviour and Drugs and Alcohol Awareness programme, developed by the Cumbria Specialist Youth Service (CSYS) and the 12 one hour sessions (see attached doc for list of each session) are delivered by The CSYS Intervention Team. 

The County has three teams each consisting of one Intervention Coordinator (Internal Verifier) and two Intervention Support Workers (Assessors) these Teams were created to deliver Accredited Programmes of Interventions to Young People that are clients of the YOS, Targeted Youth Support (TYS) and Cumbria’s Early Help Service.


Implementing the practice:

  • The Programme requires minimal resources - Internet access and stationery. So it can be delivered in a range of locations
  • Referrals to the programme are made by our YOS Case Managers and TYS Officers to the CSYS Team via Intervention Coordinators.
  • Intervention Support Workers deliver the programme on a 1-2-1 basis supporting each young person to complete a Portfolio of work. 
  • They do this by providing opportunities, advice and support through each session with the aim of the young person gathering evidence that supports their understanding of the Assessment Criteria and subsequently enabling them to gain the qualification (please see attached). 



Youth Offending Team:  Cumbria Specialist Youth Services  
Name:  Simon Day
Telephone:  01229 407 560