Inform Young People
Our Inform Young People's Programme is an educative programme for young people in trouble with the police, their school or college for inappropriate use of technology and the internet including behaviour such as:-
- Possession and/or distribution of indecent images of children
- Engaging in risk taking behaviours online, such as accessing adult pornography
We also work with their families or their main care giver. Our engagement aims to prevent an escalation or reoccurrence of the behaviour.
How does it work?
Our specialist staff devise a programme of work tailored to the needs of the young person and their family. We typically deliver between three and five sessions of work. Each programme is delivered by an experienced practitioner either by telephone (through our Stop it Now! Helpline - 0808 1000 900) or face-to-face.
What does it cover?
The sessions are educative, designed primarily to provide support, advice and information to the young person and their family and each is tailored to their individual needs. However, sessions would typically cover:
- Education about internet safety and how to stay safe online and with new technologies
- Support, advice and information about the issues facing the young person and their family
- Adult pornography, 'sexting' and other risky online behaviour
- Facts about which behaviours are legal and illegal
- Strategies to prevent a recurrence or escalation of problematic behaviour
The sessions help families to communicate about and confront very difficult issues while providing support for the young person. Families have the opportunity to explore issues, discuss behaviours and create individual, personalised, family safety plans to prevent the behaviour reoccurring or escalating.
Further work with young people
In the event that the young person requires more in-depth intervention and/or safeguarding procedures need to be implemented, this will be discussed with any agency involved. We can provide additional assessment and intervention services provided funding is available.
How much does it cost?
We are able to provide this service free of charge if certain criteria are met. Please contact us to discuss your individual needs.
WHAT PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS HAVE SAID
A young man who had been accessing indecent images of children online: “Absolutely brilliantly delivered in a safe and warm environment. I wasn't sure what to expect, other than it to address the offending. These expectations were exceeded, it was more individualised than expected.”
A father: “Overall, the advice given has been used and I have noted positive changes in Shaun and our family.”
A mother:“I noticed a big change in Darren after his sessions.”
If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to talk through any concerns you have about a young person you know, contact our confidential Stop It Now! helpline:
Telephone: 0808 1000 900
Or our office:
Telephone: 01372 847160
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