Referring to Buckinghamshire Youth

1. Referring to Buckinghamshire Youth

Buckinghamshire Youth works with 11-19 year olds (or up to 25 years old if SEND) to explore and work on a range of issues to improve emotional wellbeing and resilience. 

We work with young people on a one to one basis or in a group work scenario to encourage them to develop new skills and find solutions to overcome challenges. 

A young person can be referred to this service by professionals, parents, their peers or by themselves if they meet our criteria. The work we do is led by the issues and concerns that are most important to young people.

Common reasons for referral include:

  • difficulties engaging with school or peers
  • low confidence and self-esteem
  • family related issues or concerns
  • negative or risk taking behaviour
  • building resilience
  • building independence
  • social responsibility
  • specific longer term interventions for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of NEET to develop their skills and attitudes to become ready for employment.   


2. Working with your group

The Youth Service has been working directly with schools, organisations and groups for many years to deliver face to face, non-formal education. Based on our experience, we have put together a three portfolio offer based around core principles; Exist, Enrich, Inspire.

Our exist, enrich and inspire programme contains fundamental principles and concepts based on the school curriculum, health and wellbeing strategies and national directives which we deliver through non formal, alternative education methods based on active participation, experiential learning and capacity building. 

We will work with you to create a syllabus and can tailor our delivery model to meet the needs of the group we are working with to make the most of potential and positive outcomes.

Download our brochure to find out how we can bring our exist, enrich and inspire programme to you. 


3. Internet Safety Training

ThinkUKnow is a national education and awareness programme developed by Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) on internet safety. 

Programmes provide age appropriate information about online risks and guidance to help young people keep themselves safe online. All information emphasises the positive aspects of the internet, whilst highlighting the risks and how to stay in control of them. 

Staff training

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

What we offer: The half day CEOP ThinkUKnow training Course is aimed at professionals who work with young people. The training will teach delegates how to deliver TUK products to young people as well as increasing their understanding of many of the most popular applications young people are using in the online and mobile environment. The course also covers many issues that children and young people face online and signpost other initiatives and organisations for help and support. 

At the end of the course, professionals who attend will be able to deliver CEOP's ThinkUKnow programme to children and young people using ThinkUKnow resources. 

Parent presentation

Duration: 1 hour

What we offer: An interactive presentation for parents containing award winning awareness films, animation and statistics. 

The presentation covers new and emerging technologies that children and young people use, the potential risks they may face and easy technical and lifestyle solutions which parents can employ to help keep their children safe.

E-Safety Ambassador course

Duration: 6 to 8 sessions

What we offer: A training package for up to 16 young people resulting in a nationally recognised Accreditation.

The course is designed to enable young people to present the e-safety message to other year groups within the school, or to partner schools in the area such as feeder primaries.

The role of the Ambassador is to:

  • understand the issues, risks and consequences of using the internet
  • deliver an e-safety message to other young people
  • advise young people if asked a question regarding e-safety
  • direct young people to resources and information around e-safety

The course covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Healthy / Unhealthy relationships
  • Confidence, Self Esteem and Resilience and how this relates to safety
  • What is e-safety?
  • Grooming, Cyberbullying,  Gaming,  Sexting and Safety in all these areas
  • Safeguarding and disclosures
  • Reporting
  • Creating Group Presentations
  • What to do next in school

Exploitation prevention lesson plan for 11 to 16 year olds

Duration: 1 or 2 sessions

What we offer: Using the film "Exploited - Child Sexual Exploitation prevention" we follow the story of a teenage girl who is used by her "boyfriend". The session is delivered by professionals in structured sessions in schools. 

It is a preventative education resource designed for use with young people aged 12 and over. it aims to give young people new understanding and skills to help them stay safe from Child Sexual Exploitation.

These sessions should be embedded in a progressive Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum as part of Sex and Relationships education. 

Assembly Presentation 

Duration: 30 minutes

What we offer: A presentation for 5 to 7 year olds, 8 to 11 year olds or 11 to 16 year olds.

During the presentation, we use a film that addresses issues young people face online and demonstrates common offender behaviour. The film is supported by activity sheets making the session an ideal way to get young people talking about their online behaviour in a session tailored to the appropriate age group. 

We can include sign language and subtitles if required. 

Workshop for 7 to 11 year olds

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

What we offer: In this session we explore and understand particular aspects of internet safety, for example:

  • what personal information is
  • inappropriate images and sharing
  • digital footsteps

Workshops are interactive and fun with relevant videos and activities

Lesson plans for 5 to 7 year olds

Duration: 6 sessions

What we offer: 

These 6 sessions are based around a series of engaging cartoons featuring Hector ‘The Protector’ and his friends. They focus on how Hector the dolphin and his underwater friends stay safe online. Lesson plans have been built around each episode and include activity sheets.

Lessons are interactive and imaginative highlighting internet risks and how young people can protect themselves online. All information highlights the positive aspects of the internet whilst highlighting the risks and how to stay in control of them.

Lesson plans for 8 to 11 year olds

Duration: 8 sessions

What we offer: Interactive and imaginative lessons highlighting the positive aspects of the internet and the risks and how young people can stay in control and protect themselves online. Lesson topics cover:

  • Using Technology to Communicate
  • Introducing ThinkUKnows CyberCafe website
  • Communication and Information
  • Using Email safely
  • Responsible Use of the Internet
  • Chatting with Care
  • Using Text and Picture Messaging
  • Behaving Responsibly
  • Social Networking – Safe Profiling

4. Supporting young people's accreditations

We support young people who meet our referral criteria in achieving national accreditations and awards, including:

  • Arts award: Our advisors can help you on your journey to Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver awards.
  • Duke of Edinburgh's award: We can help you to start or continue your journey to Bronze, Silver or Gold. 
  • ASDANA range of courses covering preparation for life and work, enrichment subjects, PSHE and citizenship.
  • AQA: We can support groups to obtain AQA Awards from pre-Entry to Level 3 Awards. 

Contact us for more information.