The Youth Offending Service and the FACT Project run an extended Take 3 programme.
The Take 3 programme has two main aims: to improve relationships between young people and their families and to improve young people’s behaviour at home, school (where applicable) and the wider community.
To achieve this the objectives of the course are to equip parents with skills and strategies to be able to:
- Nurture their young people by encouraging them and listening to them
- Provide appropriate structure and boundaries for their young people
- To take care of themselves so that they retain the necessary energy to be able to parent effectively and to also role model to the young person
The course is split into two parts and is for parents of young people aged between 10 and 18. Part 1 consists of a basic course with ten core sessions which all parents need to attend before they can embark on any of the additional modules contained in Part 2 of the course. This is an extra opportunity to ‘pick and mix’ sessions which focus on specific issues, such as anger, anti-social behaviour or sexual issues, all of which continue to tie in with the original body of the course, hence reinforcing learning throughout.
The Take 3 programme was originally created specifically to support parents of at-risk or vulnerable young people whose challenging behaviour was causing problems for their parents or the community. For this reason the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Offending Service identified this module in order to provide an intensified approach to supporting young people’s parents once they had entered the Youth Justice system, (whether on a prevention basis or as a result of a court order).
The programme itself is comprehensive and has a wide range of resources aimed at not only providing the parents with skills to improve their assertiveness and communication skills but also to provide the facilitators with the rationale and theory relating to each session.
For more information contact:
Youth Offending Service: