Preventing vulnerable young people from exploitation by gangs
Over one thousand people from secondary schools, pupil referral units and community safety partnerships will be trained to identify young people at risk of being exploited by gangs in a pilot programme commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst.
Mr Hirst, said: “Gangs exploit some of the most vulnerable young people in our community, bringing them into a culture of crime, drugs and abuse. Tackling gangs is a priority in my Police and Crime Plan. This pathway into exploitation can be stopped by early identification and effective intervention.
“Once identified, those at risk of being exploited will be supported by a network of highly skilled specialists, including some ex-gang members,, who work with young people at risk to tackle the issues affecting them and help them turn their lives around.”
Gangsline is a national organisation that has been successfully working with local partners on gang intervention programmes since 2000. Their early intervention programmes have proved successful in diverting at risk young people from a life in gangs.
Sheldon Thomas, Founder and Chief Executive of Gangsline, said: “We are delighted to be working with the PCC and the Safer Essex Partnership in delivering this innovative programme. It is clear that we share the same vision in addressing gang and youth violence, in Essex, a county that we live in and a place where we are committed to making a positive difference.”
Gangsline has proven track record of effectively addressing the root causes of why young people get caught in gang membership. Issues such as family breakdown, anger, the consequences of societal rejection, emotional hurt, unresolved conflict, a (missing) sense of belonging, the dangers of the disillusioned and the despair of struggling parents and absent fathers have all had a massive contribution to the choices made by many of our socially excluded young people. Gangsline focuses on notions of responsibility, morality, positive thinking, anger management, self- belief, leadership, success and purpose to help support these young people.
More information on Gangsline can be found here http://www.gangsline.com/