Independent Living

The purpose of this module is to engage young people in thinking about the decisions they have to make once they are living independently and do not have people to make decisions for them.

Its objective is to encourage young people to set goals and to take action to improve the quality of their lives in relation to their safety and stability.

Other Better Life modules also address independent living issues:

  • People in My Life offers the opportunity to talk about girlfriend or boyfriend relationships;
  • Managing Emotions supports young people’s emotional health and their ability to relax;
  • Drugs and Alcohol addresses the impact of substances on health and wellbeing.
  • Beating Boredom addresses healthy recreational activities.

The key skill that this module develops is decision making. Once it is understood it should be applied in practice to any areas of independent living that causes concern. If the Includem worker does not have sufficient expertise to address some areas, a referral to a specialist agency should be made.

Before attempting this module with young people with sexually harmful behaviours there should be discussions with the referring authority regarding risk and safety. If not already done so, a Community Safety Plan should be drawn up. You should pay attention to any particular risk factors e.g. location of activity or if a young person is engaging in activities with others who are more vulnerable. You need to be prepared to discuss this with the young person as you may need to pass on information to the risk management team. The young person should be made aware of this.
Protective Resources
Session 1 - Making Decisions
Session 2 - Deciding to be Independent
End of module evaluation
Structured Coaching Conversation
Resources