Gang Diversion Programme:
Working with Young People involved in Gangs: A Solution Focused Approach
Eileen Murphy, Lead Consultant, Eileen Murphy Consultants
Eileen has over 30 years experience of working with challenging children, young people and adults referred via Social Services, Education and Criminal Justice. Eileen’s front-line programmes have been evaluated as providing strategies to reduce community crime and increase school attendance. Eileen’s work in Gang Diversion was twice commissioned by BUILD, a Community Group in the Midlands to reduce the risk of young people becoming involved in gangs. Her work with West Midlands Police is included on the NPIA (National Policing Improvement Agency) Best Practice Website.
Mawuli Amesu, Senior Consultant, Eileen Murphy Consultants
Mawuli has extensive experience across Social Care, Youth Offending and Residential Care with vulnerable and disaffected young people. An experienced Social Work Manager working in a variety of settings including Residential Care; Education and Children & Families, Mawuli has played a lead role in the Behaviour Improvement Programme, providing leadership and management for multi-agency teams.
Simon spent his youth and young adulthood in Peckham, London. Simon works as a Mentor to disaffected and challenging young people in London within a 1:1 and Group structure and worked in a Community Mediation role during the Riots of 2011.
Experienced practitioners with over twenty four local authorities since 1993, Eileen Murphy Consultants have developed this hard hitting, no nonsense one day in-house course, that not only challenges the concepts of why young people join gangs but offers real and practical strategies for both preventing and diverting young people from the gang culture.
This in-house conference is not a “talking heads” day but instead offers a “pragmatic tool box” to front line practitioners in how to engage “at risk young people” and how to dispel the view that many young people hold about gang membership – for some it is seen as a place of safety for some a place of power.
The History & Overview:
The Home Office Report on ending Gang Violence 2011 acknowledged the role of schools and early intervention structures in the quest to divert young people who are at risk of joining gangs.
A great deal has changed since 2011, and structures and approaches to deal with gang violence must also change. While Scotland, has seen great success in reducing gang violence due to their focus on gang violence coming under a Mental Health umbrella – England has not yet adopted this structure to the same extent, it thereby falls to trusted adults in social care, education, youth justice, health, or indeed any adult who has the opportunity to spend any time with a young person involved in gangs.
It is imperative to act as early as possible, of course, as the longer a young person is witness to gang brutality, engaged in gang attacks or conditioned to buy in to the mindset – sometimes, a respectful, compassionate hour with a trusted adult can help a young person to reassess and seek help.
Our training does not provide a “magic wand” that will automatically end gang violence or even gangs themselves – that does not exist. But, it will provide a structure for staff to use to help young people think and consider their options and make better choices for themselves.
Issues covered on the day include:
- Helping young people to recognise the adverse mental health affect of gang involvement
- Helping young people to identify those trying to attract or groom them into gang involvement
- Helping young people to regulate their emotions and reactions
- The Silent Session framework – allowing young people to connect with the truth of their decisions
- Real and practical strategies to help young people exit the gang culture
The Agenda includes:
“Excellence is a Habit not an Act”: the Plasticity of the Brain:
A look at the “Growth” Mindset and how the brain works with the individual in collaboration on anything the individual wishes to undertake – negative and positive. Looking at how also sharing this information with young people can be extremely effective in breaking negative self-beliefs
A life Versus A lifestyle
Putting the financial benefits of Gang membership on the agenda:
It is unrealistic to shy away from examining the real and perceived financial inducements that young people consider a benefit of gang membership. This element examines the truth on this issue. The Facilitators highlight that there can be no artificial inducement for young people to “swap” for the gang culture – only the benefits of living a viable and purposeful life.
Aim of the Course:
The event will offer real strategies and resources for all those who work with children and young people who are at risk of “drifting” into the Gang Culture and, ironically, those who feel that the Gang Culture is their only protection from “the gangs” as well as those who proactively seek the financial and violent opportunities Gang involvement provides.
Who Should Attend:
Everyone involved in working with children and their families including Teachers and Education Staff, Social Workers and Family Support staff, Mentors, Youth Offending staff, Children’s Centre staff, Early Years Child Care staff, Foster Carers, Residential staff
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