Identifying and Managing Negative Risk Taking Behaviours

Taking risks and testing boundaries is an important part of growing up. For many, risk-taking is a way of finding out who they are and who they want to be as well as part of the process of developing their own boundaries and values. However, some young people are particularly vulnerable to negative risk-taking, such as, substance misuse and early sexual activity.

This course aims to give you an understanding of risk taking behaviour in young people and how their decisions about alcohol, drugs, sex and relationships are often linked together.

This course will enable you to examine your thoughts about risk taking and assess existing understanding of the nature of risk. The training will look at the possible impacts of risk taking and risk avoidance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify risk taking behaviours in young people and how they are linked, including current trends in substance misuse and types of unhealthy relationship
  • Understand why early intervention with young people exhibiting risk taking behaviours is important
  • Recognise the different levels of substance misuse and relationship issues, and identify when behaviour becomes  a serious problem
  • Understand what influences young people’s behaviour
  • Know practical strategies and tools for talking to young people about risky behaviours and helping them to make good decisions
  • Practice listening skills and techniques for talking to young people about risk taking behaviour
  • Know when and how to refer young people for specialist support, including knowing which local services are most appropriate
  • Know practical strategies and tools for promoting positive wellbeing in young people
  • Gain a greater awareness of local and national resources of help, support, and information

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