- Funding awarded: £728,171
- Duration of programme: 3 years
- Number of beneficiaries: 5,200
- Replication areas (England): Oxfordshire and Essex
- Partners: Oxfordshire County Council and Essex County Council
Intervention: Positive Assertive Confidence Skills
Positive Assertive Confidence Skills (PACS) is a preventative programme identifying and targeting those young people who exhibit aggressive or challenging behaviour with the potential to become perpetrators of bullying, or to engage in criminal behaviour.
The replication will target Year 7 and 8 pupils in Wolverhampton and Essex, who fit PACS’ selection criteria: poor attendance, class exclusions, involved in bullying, benefit from group work or already receiving support from learning mentor.
The intervention consists of two days of delivery to groups of ten children with a break of four to six weeks between sessions. Tasks are interactive and include role plays and group discussions designed to help participants understand the impact of different types of behaviour on their peers, and how to deal assertively with situations involving conflict or disagreement, rather than resorting to aggressive and violent behaviour.
Delivery organisation: Kidscape
Kidscape has been delivering high quality training programmes and interventions for young people for over 26 years with the aim of protecting children from being bullied.