A proposal for the development of an outdoor adventure-based programme aimed at developing the personal and social skills of 'at-risk' young people.
(2016) A proposal for the development of an outdoor adventure-based programme aimed at developing the personal and social skills of 'at-risk' young people., no. 98.
All young people have the right to transition from childhood to adulthood successfully, however some young people lack the resources to achieve this on their own. Those young people who are less likely to successfully transition into adulthood are often referred to as being 'at-risk'. It is important that those individuals who may be at risk are supported to achieve the necessary personal and social skills for successful development. Young people from low-income households are more likely to be at risk than those from more affluent backgrounds. Leith is a part of Edinburgh that has a significant number of young people living in it, who may be considered at risk. Therefore, this proposal is aimed at individuals living in the Leith area. This programme is developed by an occupational therapy student, with the aim of implementation carried out by a band five occupational therapist. Occupational therapy is a profession that works with a multitude of individuals, groups and communities, concerned with enabling them to flourish. Occupational therapists are skilled in identifying the needs of those they work with, and using occupation-based interventions to address these needs. The occupational therapist will build partnerships with: the YMCA, a local youth centre; young people living in this community; and the Abernethy: Ardeonaig Centre, a facility which carries out outdoor adventure-based activities. A literature review has been carried out to explore the use of outdoor adventure-based programmes with young people. This project outlines a proposal for the development of an outdoor adventure-based programme, aimed at developing the personal and social skills of 'at-risk' young people.