Independent Living Skills Intervention - Cumbria Specialist Youth Service

Summary:  LifeSkills is a one to one intervention programme developed by Cumbria Specialist Youth Service, to support children with gaining independent living skills.
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a




  • To support and equip children with the skills and knowledge to live independently
  • Support children to gain an Entry Level Certificate in Independent Living - Looking After Yourself and Your Home (QCF)



LifeSkills is a one to one intervention programme designed to support young people with gaining independent living skills. The programme supports children to learn about how to manage their tenancy by looking at potential risks factors, help them to identify organisations/agencies who can offer support if and when they need it, and support integration in their community. Children are also supported to learn how to prepare drinks, simple meals and basic food hygiene.

Throughout the programme children create a booklet of useful information to continue to support themselves in independent living.  The programme was developed by Cumbria Specialist Youth Service (CYOS) in partnership with Cumbria Youth Offending Service*.  In order for children to access the accreditation CSYS work in partnership with the National Open College Network.



Implementing the Practice:

  • CSYST completed training, following which they have been granted Open College Network /One Award Centre status so that they are able to provide the award for children
  • Cumbria Specialist Youth Service YOS case managers and Targeted Youth Support are able to refer children on the programme
  • Children that are on a Youth Rehabilitation Order or have a Junior Attendance requirement are able to access this programme
  • The Programme requires minimal resources, mainly internet access and stationery
  • The programme is delivered on a one to one with each child
  • Children are supported to gather the evidence necessary to achieve the qualification
  • It costs £20 per child to be put through for the award, this is paid by CSYS, who get their funding for this through the YJB grant


*The County has three teams each consisting of one Specialist Youth Coordinators (Internal Verifier) and two Specialist Youth 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.


Contact Details:

Youth Offending Team: Cumbria Specialist Youth Service (CYOS)
Name: Simon Day