Know Your Way Programme
What is the “Know Your Way” Programme?
The Know Your Way Programme is a 12 week, person centred, holistic young person’s programme delivered by Glasgow Council on Alcohol. The service is aimed at young people already engaged in risky behaviours such as: (but not limited to):
• Hazardous alcohol consumption
• Tobacco use
• Substance misuse
• Anti-social behaviour
• Not engaging in school
• Unsafe sexual behaviour
• Unsafe online activity (including cyber bullying)
Young people will be offered a combination of set 1-2-1 and group work activity based sessions at a location suitable for them, with tailored support based on personal goal setting and a choice of diversionary activities. Some examples of activity topics are as follows: managing emotions, expressing needs and feelings and protecting ourselves against risk.
The programme takes an asset based approach and focuses on the strengths and abilities of the individual young person.
The programme aims to:
- Increase knowledge
- Develop skills
- Improve Mental Wellbeing.
Who is the service for?
- Young people aged 12-18
- Regularly engaging in more than one of the risky behaviours (risk clustering)
- The risk clustering is having an impact on the following areas of the young persons life: educational attainment, relationships, health, safety of self and/or others, mental health and wellbeing, social conduct, and ability to make sound decisions.
The 12 week programme is NOT designed to:
• Support young people where the current presenting issue is a mental health illness
• Offer a rehabilitation programme around substance misuse
• Offer substance misuse counselling (we can, however, signpost the young person to our alcohol related young persons counselling service if needed)
What do people say about our Know Your Way Programme?
Curriculum For Excellence
The programme will support and develop the curriculum for Health and Wellbeing and in particular, the organisers for Mental, Emotional, Social and Physical Wellbeing and Substance Misuse.
The Know Your Way programme content has been approved by the Health Improvement Education Group (HIEG) to ensure that all materials and resources meet the standard expected by the quality assurance process.
The young person (YP) is a 13 year old male. He was referred to the programme by his pastoral care teacher. The presenting risk taking behaviours were: involvement with the police/ at risk of offending behaviour, smoking cannabis and not engaging in school. The YP’s overall attitude was very negative. YP’s parents were supportive and a referral was also made to the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA)
Following paperwork on consent and confidentiality, all interventions took place in school. YP was introduced to the Teen Outcome Star tool and goals were identified, with a range of activities being used to explore these. Throughout the programme, the YP completed activities on:
- Drug use – looking at triggers, health implications, risks and diversionary activities.
- Relationships – unhealthy and healthy traits and communication skills.
- Influences – exploring how peers can influence our decisions and tips for assertiveness.
- Decision making – exploring the long term impacts and consequences of decisions, particularly in relation to offending behaviour.
- Coping strategies – where to seek help, self-care, circle of support and protective factors.
- Education support – subject choices, career opportunities, coursework tips.
- Self-esteem raising.
Due to the YP’s progress, the decision was made to not continue with the referral to the SCRA. The YP’s attendance in school improved, as did his behaviour. YP now feels like he has a more positive peer group. YP has resumed hobbies that he had previously stopped such as football and has reduced cannabis use, with a view to eventually stopping in order to focus fully on his fitness.
· YP: “It was great fun and I learned lots, thanks!”
· YP’s parent: “It has benefitted YP individually and us all as a family. It was 100% helpful and positive for everybody. We would recommend to other parents.”