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Exit Path Gang Prevention & Support Programme

What is it about: The Exit Path Gang Prevention and Support Programme offers targeted young people the opportunity to attend group based gang workshops or 1:1 gang prevention sessions which seeks to inform them, challenge them and have a positive impact on their outlook, attitude and behaviour. The programme  is underpinned by three broad themes – to explore, to educate and to encourage commitments to long-term positive change.

Target group:  Young people aged 13 to 19 at risk of involvement in anti-social behaviour, criminality and gangs.

Delivery arrangements: Group based gang workshops take place Tuesdays evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Churchill Place, term time only. 1:1 gang prevention sessions take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at appropriate identified venues.

  • The aim of the group session is to transition and exit identified young people away from gang lifestyles. Where appropriate they will be signposted to partnering agencies for further support in regards to substance misuse, counselling, employment and training.
  • 1:1 gang prevention sessions consist of 8 to 10 week themed sessions. The content, duration and intensity of these sessions vary depending on the need, risk and vulnerability of the young person being referred. 1:1 prevention sessions is preventative in nature aimed at those on the periphery of criminality and gang involvement.

Referral Process: Access to the programme is via referrals to Harrow Mash Team or Prevent and Gangs Co-ordinator in Early Intervention Service (EIS).

Contact Ahmed Abdi for more information: Ahmed.Abdi@harrow.gov.uk

NSPCC gangs helpline: protecting young people involved with gangs.

Summary: Short animation (2 minutes 14 seconds), looking at the NSPCC gangs helpline and exploring some of the issues affecting young people involved in gangs. Includes recordings from interviews with families affected by gang involvement. Developed in partnership with the Home Office.

This report looks at the progress that has been made in trying to stop child sexual exploitation in England since our Inquiry in 2011-2013
http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/CYP%20version%20CSEGG%201%20year%20on%20website.pdf

 

Misunderstood

Enthusiasm, Derby

The following short film shows young men and their youth worker engaged in the Enthusiasm project, an initiative for young people in gang-associated areas.

It presents their ideas for supporting other young men to leave gangs.

https://youtu.be/0s2kTTolj8w

 

What to do if you are worried about a child. To discuss concerns or make a referral: