Risk-Avert helps young people:

    • Build resilience

    • Improve their emotional health and well-being

    • Make better decisions and positively manage risk

    • Become more connected to school

What is Risk-Avert?

Risk-Avert is an evidence based, independently evaluated school based programme which identifies young people vulnerable to multiple risk-taking behaviours and offers universal and targeted intervention.

Risk-Avert supports young people in schools to make positive choices that can help them navigate life and avoid situations and behaviours that may be harmful to their health or well-being.

Everyone takes risks in life, they are crucial to healthy development. Risk-Avert explores different ways of helping young people understand and manage risk and make positive choices.

The short video to the right will provide you with an overview of how the Risk-Avert programme is implemented and evaluated within schools.

Schools across the UK are now implementing the programme and seeing the benefits of the Risk-Avert approach. If you would like to learn more about how the programme can improve outcomes for young people in your school please contact us.

Risk-Avert achieves results

Risk-Avert is now delivered to over 60 schools in seven local authorities, this year over 11,000 young people will take part.

The programme:

  • Improves outcomes for young people participating in the targeted programme in relation to their emotional well-being, resilience and self-efficacy.
  • Clearly identifies young people at risk of a range of risk-taking behaviours - many of these being unknown to the school, without Risk-Avert they may not have been offered support.
  • Works when school staff deliver – 94% of young people say they liked that their teachers delivered the programme.
  • Improves relationships between teachers and pupils -76% of young people report an improved relationship with teachers as a result of the programme. 
  • Offers an innovative approach to tackling the full range of risk-taking behaviours.
  • Enables local authorities and schools to better target resources – the extent of risk-taking in the year group is clearly defined; allowing resources to be targeted where they are needed most and on the most prevalent behaviour.

Read more about how we evaluate the programme and it's outcomes for young people by clicking here.


  • Independently evaluated by leading academics

  • PHD studentship in partnership with the University of Essex 

  • Self-efficacy, resilience and emotional health and well-being improved for young people 

  • Qualitative evaluation demonstrates that young people feel more confident to manage risk 

How does it work?

  • Risk-Avert provides a targeted early intervention and prevention approach to young people engaged in, or at risk of, behaviours which harm health and social functioning.
  • This is achieved through surveying an entire school year age group for risk-taking behaviours. A risk profile is generated for each child and across the year group. Identified young people are invited to attend a targeted 6-session intervention.
  • A full range of PSHE resources are provided to schools and survey data is used to deliver social norms based interventions across the whole year group.
  • The targeted programme offers a six session life skills intervention focused on risk taking, adolescent brain development, critical thinking and deploying skills and strategies to avoid or manage risks.
  • After each co-hort completes the programme valid and reliable measures are used to ascertain improvements. This work is led by leading independent academics.
  • “Looking beyond the behaviour’ has been the most useful concept, it’s helped me to think about what is going on behind issues or incidents. It’s like a shift in mind set, towards considering drivers for poor behaviour and doing something about those”

Year 8 Teacher (Original pilot)