Risky Behaviours

It's About Changing Behaviour

Risky behaviours are addressed by our unique framework that helps young people to make informed, balanced choices.


All of our courses revolve around the DARE Decision Making Model (DDMM). This is a unique framework that helps young people avoid risky behaviours by making informed, balanced choices by Defining the issue, Assessing their options and possible consequences, Responding by making an informed decision and Evaluating their response.

The DDMM is a golden thread throughout our programmes which cover topics around alcohol, tobacco, new psychoactive substances, cannabis and solvents which can be delivered by our fully trained DARE Officers.

The great strength of the DARE Decision Making Model is that is can be applied to any risky behaviours, and we address a large selection within our programmes, such as; drug use including alcohol, tobacco and cannabis, knife crime, fire, road and internet safety all combined with how to communicate effectively, dealing with bullying and peer pressure as well as risks and consequences.  Our programmes are designed to range from aged 9 though to 16 years old.

Risky behaviours are those that potentially expose people to harm, or significant risk of harm which will prevent them reaching their potential.

Some risky behaviour is normal and part of growing up. However, there is a “line” which when crossed leads from normal / curious / experimental behaviour to behaviours that put children and young people or others at risk and could escalate the behaviour to a harmful stage.

Some simple things to do with young people may be:

  • Discuss realities
  • Set rules—and consequences for breaking them
  • Talk openly about drug and alcohol use
  • Help young people be more cautious
  • Discuss medication misuse and abuse
  • Expect and accept mistakes

Some extra resource to take a look at around risky behaviours


Parents want the best for their children. We do, too. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents.

Better Help

The largest age group for exhibiting risky behavior is the adolescent years and has been thought to be associated with the immature mind.

Kings Fund

Key findings from Mentor’s Thinking Prevention
series of public health briefing papers, Smoking, drinking and drug use overlap.


The number of risky behaviours young people engage in may be more important than the ways specific behaviours cluster together. 

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Learn more about how Life Skills Education programmes help children make better choice to avoid risky behaviours.

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The DARE Decision Making Model is in all Life Skills Education programmes, a key resource in decision making.   

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