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RisKit is a multi-component programme for young people who are vulnerable to risk-taking behaviour.

RisKit is a multi-component programme for young people who are vulnerable to risk-taking behaviour.

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  • The RisKit Programme: A multi-component programme for adolescent risk behaviour reduction Steve Butler: Operations Manager – KCA Young Persons‟ Services Alex Stevens: Professor in Criminal Justice, University of Kent
  • Outline of presentation origins of RisKit: • Thecommissioning, research and young people  is RisKit? • What overview of the programme  an • Indicators of effect • The challenges that have been faced • Looking ahead – new innovations • Question and answer session
  • The origins of RisKit • • • • • 2008 – funding pressure on the horizon Needs Assessment identified (again) the interconnectivity between risk taking behaviours Young people valued the prevention service but there were a range of experiences in the groups KCA was already thinking about new enhanced interventions The workforce was really valued and critically brought lots of information to the wider workforce regarding young peoples‟ misuse of substances
  • The origins of RisKit The aim: • • • • • • To develop a model of presentation which was theoretically and evidence-based To develop a multi-component intervention To involve young people in its design To identify the right young people To test its effectiveness To capture funds to further develop and test the intervention
  • The origins of RisKit Stages of development: • Secure partnership agreement and • Engage an academic partner • Review evidence • Get feedback from young people • Develop • Pilot • Evaluate • Progress funding
  • Young people told us what the evidence base told us
  • What is RisKit? • • • • a multi-component risk reduction programme offered to secondary schools across Kent and Medway targeted at pupils within those schools who:  are aged between 14 and 16 years  are deemed vulnerable to risk-taking behaviours  are not identified as needing urgent 1:1 support or currently accessing KCA services delivered by KCA staff experienced in group and 1:1 work
  • What is RisKit? 1.Screening and selection: ARBS (Adolescent Risk Behaviour vulnerable pupils selected using Screen)
  • During the past 12 months, did you ever feel so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that you stopped doing some usual activities?
  • During the past 12 months, how many times were you in a physical fight?
  • About how many adults have you known personally who in the past year have sold or dealt drugs?
  • What is RisKit? 1.Screening and selection: ARBS (Adolescent Risk Behaviour vulnerable pupils selected using Screen) 2.a two session drug and alcohol awareness programme drugs grid  focus on alcohol, cannabis and pills & powders
  • What is RisKit? 1.Screening and selection: ARBS (Adolescent Risk Behaviour vulnerable pupils selected using Screen) 2.a two session drug and alcohol awareness programme drugs grid  focus on alcohol, cannabis and pills & powders 3.four 1:1 sessions at pre, mid, post and exit stages motivational interviews
  • What is RisKit? 1.Screening and selection: ARBS (Adolescent Risk Behaviour vulnerable pupils selected using Screen) 2.a two session drug and alcohol awareness programme drugs grid  focus on alcohol, cannabis and pills & powders 3.four 1:1 sessions at pre, mid, post and exit stages motivational interviews 4.an eight session risk and life skills programme
  • What is RisKit? 1.Screening and selection: ARBS (Adolescent Risk Behaviour vulnerable pupils selected using Screen) 2.a two session drug and alcohol awareness programme drugs grid  focus on alcohol, cannabis and pills & powders 3.four 1:1 sessions at pre, mid, post and exit stages motivational interviews 4.an eight session risk and life skills programme engagement with 5.signposting and made where appropriatelocal services: ongoing referrals
  • Indicators of effect
  • Other outcomes Mean ARBS score at entry and exit • Offending • Absence from school • General indicator of risk  Too little information to tell if there was any difference  Tended to increase (as it does for most people at this age), but impossible to tell if the RisKit programme affected this.  ARBS score tended to reduce
  • Qualitative data • Reduced drug and alcohol use • Less risky sexual behaviours • Improved self-esteem • Improved communication and relationships • Improved behaviour in school  “I used to go out drinking all the time. I knew it was risky but I didn‟t really care before. Now I‟ve decided I don‟t want to keep doing this.”  “I‟ve been making sure about protected sex. I may have had unprotected sex before I did this but not after.”  “I don‟t dress as I used to. Even in the winter I‟d wear things that made me look like a slag. I think I‟ve started to respect myself a lot more now.”  “I‟ve always found it hard to talk about personal things and it was hard at times. It was definitely worth it though „cos I feel it‟s really helped me.”  School staff report improvements in behaviour and attitudes
  • The challenges that have been faced • • • Working with commissioners to increase capacity Schools‟ focus and the increasing demands School staff reductions - support/pastoral
  • Looking ahead – new innovations • • • • • Linking RisKit with the Healthy Schools Plan Development of family work Revising initial 2 awareness sessions Promoting peer group session post RisKit Planning for a cluster randomised controlled trial.
  • Further information: Steve Butler: sbutler@kca.org.uk Alex Stevens: a.w.stevens@kent.ac.uk Any questions?