Risk-Avert, our innovative intervention programme for young people developed in partnership with Essex County Council was recognised at the LGC awards held on the 16th March at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
Over 800 of the most senior figures in British local government gathered to celebrate achievements and best practice across the sector.
After review by a panel of judges, made up of senior and influential figures from the public sector, The Training Effect and Essex County Council were presented with the Service Delivery award.
The judges commented, “This was a great example of prevention and early intervention operating at scale. A project expanding beyond its original base with an interesting and affirmative approach to equip young people with life skills to make better choices.”
Ben Hughes, Head of Commissioning: Public Health and Wellbeing at Essex County Council and co-developer and commissioner of the project said:
“We have been really pleased with the outcome of the programme so far, with the evaluation from the initial pilot across 37 schools receiving a 94% positive response.
“Addressing young people’s risks and issues seems to resonate far more effectively with them than other methods.”
Mark Bowles, Director of The Training Effect said:
“It’s fantastic that the programme has now received recognition at a national level, it really reflects the growing reputation of the programme as an effective school based intervention. We would like to thank all the schools taking part and the young people who receive the programme, it is their hard work and commitment that makes the programme the success that it is.”