Around a year ago, I received a text message from my teenage daughter telling me she’d been robbed. She told me she needed some help to get to the police station and some money to buy a new phone. I’d have been worried except for the fact that I don’t have a teenage daughter, or […]
*Blog originally written January 2022 but updated in light of recent escalation of conflict starting October 2023 Working in classrooms or with young people, you’ll know the feeling. A young person tells you or mentions in passing their opinion about a controversial, divisive and sometimes painful issue, and expects a response. When conflict escalates in Palestine […]
Listen to Hezron’s powerful story about why he joined a gang, and the moment leading up to his 2-year suspended sentence – the trigger for turning his life around.
Evaluation of the Speak For Yourself Project
Listen to the incredible story of the Woolwich boys – a largely Somali led south London street gang.
Engaging Youth for Fairness in Policing
On 12th of August 2021, the first mass shooting on British soil in over a decade took place in Plymouth, UK. Jake Davison shot and killed his own mother before killing a 3-year-old girl, her father and 3 others during his shooting spree. Davison was a self-proclaimed incel. Many British people were shocked, as “incels” as […]
Why should we be talking about extremist violence at the same time as gangs, serious youth violence and knife crime?
Like extremism and terrorism, gang related violence and knife crime isn’t an emerging issue. Across the country, skilled practitioners have been working in the violence prevention space long before 21st century journalists labelled it an ‘epidemic’. Violence is very often rooted in an un-met need or desire whether you, an external, believe the need is legitimate or […]
Narratives of redemption are rarely straightforward. In the short film of Hezron recently released by ConnectFutures, we hear of his journey from a gruelling, brutal childhood, through homelessness, a criminal record, to gang membership and violence and finally to his current role as ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and mentoring young people. It is not all grim. […]
“Oliver wondered what picking the old gentleman’s pocket in play, had to do with his chances of being a great man. But thinking that [Fagin], being so much his senior, must know best, he followed him quietly to the table; and was soon deeply involved in his new study” Charles Dickens’ character Fagin in Oliver […]