tteAshford-based company, The Training Effect (TTE) picked up a national award at the Local Government Chronicle Awards, in front of 800 of the most senior figures in British local government at a prestigious event at London’s Grosvenor House.

The award for Service Delivery Model was presented to TTE for its programme Risk-Avert, which it jointly developed with Essex County Council.

Risk-Avert is an innovative new approach designed to identify young people vulnerable to multiple risk-taking. Delivered to Primary (Years 5 and 6) and Secondary (Year 8) school pupils, Risk-Avert screens students using an online survey looking at four areas of risk:


  • Individual
  • School
  • Family
  • Community

Following the screening, a risk profile is generated for the entire year group. Schools are then provided with a report which identifies children most at risk before they’re offered a targeted intervention programme.

After reviewing TTE’s entry for Service Delivery Model, 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.”

TTE’s Managing Director, Mark Bowles was presented with the award by actor Stephen Mangan. Mark 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.”

Risk-Avert was developed in 2013 and is now being delivered to more than 10,000 children in Primary and Secondary schools across the UK.

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