Working with young people is vital for crime prevention in communities. RISE programmes help young offenders to reflect on their behaviour, understand the influence of their peers and build essential skills for achieving their goals. Workshops are also available for school and college students to raise awareness about crime and staying safe, to help them make the right choices for the future ahead.
YOUNG OFFENDERS PROGRAMMES
Target group: This programme is for boys or young men who have committed offences including theft, burglary and shoplifting.
It is designed to help participants develop self-control and to analyse how their behaviour is influenced by their lifestyle, attitudes and their peers. The programme promotes acceptable social behaviours by helping participants to build the necessary skills to achieve their goals, such as problem-solving skills and the ability to work effectively with others.
How is this programme delivered?
It is comprised of 8 group-work sessions and 2 individual appointments.
Target group: T.I.G.E.R is an intervention for male prisoners aged 18 and over, who continue to experience the trauma as a barrier to moving forwards. The programme helps them to explore this aspect of their past and develop greater emotional resilience.
To provide participants with the opportunity to:
1. Acknowledge the legacy of their trauma in a safe environment and receive peer support.
2. Identify helpful and unhelpful coping or survival strategies.
3. Identify possible future alternative survival skills and the resources needed to develop greater emotional resilience.
How is this programme delivered?
This course is delivered over three days in a group setting.
CRIME PREVENTION IN SCHOOLS
Working in partnership with
Our aim is to prevent young people aged between 14 and 19 from becoming involved in crime by giving them the right skills and guidance from an early age. To do this we work with Impressionable Minds, who are an award winning education project working with young people in schools to explore the dangers of criminal and anti-social behaviour.
Experienced education and criminal justice facilitators provide fun and interactive workshops on:
Through interactive games and discussions this workshop gets everyone thinking about their relationships at home or school, what is considered ‘okay’ in a relationship and it covers the notion of consent. Participants explore the role of social media in relationships, ideas of self-image, issues around love and sex, and defining self-respect to build their confidence.
Drugs and alcohol
Students learn about the different forms of legal and illegal drugs, as well as their effects and risks. They experience what it feels like to be drunk by using ‘drunk goggles’ and then attempt to pass a road side test.
Fear of crime and victims
Students learn about the role the media plays in crime prevention. A professional actor encourages students to create their own role-play, radio or television advert on a subject of their choice. A particular emphasis is placed on the victims of crime.
Students discuss the difference between what they want and what they need, and if their financial expectations are realistic and achievable. Scenarios are used to question certain expectations of entitlement. This leads to a discussion about the pressure to sustain a certain lifestyle when circumstances change. A game called ‘Cash Flow’ is used as an introduction to finance and money management.
How is this delivered?
- We support Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education in schools, therefore we can deliver a ‘Crime Day’ where pupils are taken off timetable for the day and introduced to our full range of workshops, presentations and activities. The day includes a theatre production and a chance for pupils to meet an ex-offender who can talk about their experiences and their personal journey of change.
- Our work can also take the form of presentations, workshops, assemblies or 1:1 work with students. These can be delivered in schools, youth offending services or other venues that place young people at the centre of their activity.
We also provide training for professionals working with children and young people to help them better identify and tackle the complex issues they face, such as helping them to stay away from gang-related activities.