- Funding awarded: £1.35million
- Duration of programme: 3 years, 7 months
- Number of beneficiaries: 4,224 children aged 8 to 14-years-old
- Replication areas (England): Liverpool
- Replication areas (Northern Ireland): Belfast
- Replication areas (Scotland): Renfrewshire and Dundee
- Replication areas (Wales): Western Bay
Intervention: LifeSkills Training (Botvin)
LifeSkills Training (LST) is a universal, multi-component enhancement-based substance abuse and violence prevention programme that is implemented using a personal and social skills training model.LifeSkills Training consists of 15 sessions of 45 minutes each and includes a student and a facilitator manual that covers personal self-management, general social skills and violence and drug resistance skills.The sessions can take place weekly, or two to three times a week, but not more frequently. They are followed by two sets of booster sessions to increase protective factors and skill retention. These booster sessions should be at least three months apart, but there can be up to one year between each series.
Delivery organisation: Barnardo’s
Barnardo’s works with the most disadvantaged children and young people and families. Its locally based projects for 8 to 14-year-olds include services such as family support, services for disabled children, children affected by domestic violence , children of prisoners, young carers, sexually exploited children, pupil referral units, children’s rights services, children on the edge of gangs, after- school services, and fostering services.