Prejudice and Discrimination Awareness Intervention - Cumbria Specialist Youth Service (2018)

Summary:  Power to the People is a one to one intervention programme designed by Cumbria Specialist Youth Service to introduce children to prejudice and discrimination.




  • Introduce childrene to prejudice and discrimination and how attitudes are formed
  • To provide children with an understanding of Equality Law in relation to offending behaviour
  • To provide children with information around human rights, why society needs laws as well as people’s rights and responsibilities
  • Support children to gain an Entry Level Award in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (Entry 3) (QCF)




Power to the People is a one to one intervention programme designed for children as an alternative to direct offending behaviour sessions. The programme was developed by Cumbria Specialist Youth Service (CYOS) in partnership with Cumbria Youth Offending Service*.  The programme has two units, which are run over seven weeks for one hour each:

Unit one: Prejudice and Discrimination Awareness
Unit two: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.

In order for children to access the accreditation CSYS work in partnership with the National Open College Network.



Implementing the Practice:

  • The programme is delivered by Cumbria Specialist Youth Service intervention officers (CSYS)
  • CSYS 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
  •  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 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.


Contact Details:

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