Research by the Catch22 Dawes Unit so far has focused on:
- young people going missing
- education and employability
- healthy relationships.
Safer Schools: Keeping gang culture outside the gates
This report by Catch22 Dawes Unit explores the extent and ways in which pupil gang involvement raises challenges for schools and identifies best practice for schools in responding to these challenges.
Gang involvement and missing young people
Running the Risks: The links between gang-involvement and young people going missing
This report by Catch22 Dawes Unit in partnership with Missing People provides evidence of gang-involved young people going missing as they are caught up in ‘drug lines’ where they are recruited to sell drugs from towns away from home. This can lead to children and young people going missing for weeks at a time.
Gangs in prison: The nature and impact of gang involvement among prisoners
This study explores how prisoners considered to be involved in gangs in the community develop associations and allegiances in a London-based prison. It examines the nature of gangs in prison, their impact on the regime and the possibilities for violence reduction and rehabilitation.
The Catch22 approach to managing and addressing gang involvement in prison
This leaflet describes the Catch22 prison gangs service; a targeted service that is embedded in the prison regime.
Family matters: A snapshot of the support available for families of gang-involved young people in the UK
Research looking a publicly-funded family support services within the local authority areas identified as having the highest levels of gang and youth violence (as part of the government’s Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme), within the context of the Troubled Families programme criteria.
The Catch22 approach to working with families of gang-involved young people (July 2013)
A policy paper drawing on research conducted by London Metropolitan University, along with the experience of Catch22’s work with young people and their families, outlining new ways of working with the families of gang-involved young people, including specific recommendations for practice.
The role of the family in facilitating gang membership, criminality and exit (June 2013)
Prepared with London Metropolitan University, this report examines the role of the family in gang formation, criminality and gang exit in order to inform best practice for practitioners working with gang-involved families.
Violence prevention, health promotion: a public health approach to tackling youth violence (October 2013)
This report by Catch22 Dawes Unit and MHP Health provides the first comprehensive analysis of the extent to which new Health and Wellbeing boards are recognising youth and gang violence as a public health concern. The analysis focuses on 33 areas (60% in London), identified by the Government as having the most serious problems associated with gang and youth violence.
Mobilising communities to address gang violence (July 2013)
Communities have long been recognised as playing an important part in building resistance to gangs and suppressing gang violence. This report looks at what is meant by community mobilisation, why it matters in preventing and reducing gang violence and at 12 common elements of effective approaches.
Education and employability
Whole school approaches to tackling gang involvement (February 2013)
Currently most gang prevention and intervention work in schools is focused on short-term, targeted, group work programmes. This research indicates that creating a positive ‘school climate’ and nurturing young people’s sense of attachment and commitment to school can also have a powerful effect on protecting against gang involvement.
Exit and enterprise
Exit and enterprise: the role of enterprise in supporting young people’s gang exit (September 2012)
This report explores the extent to which enterprise – ranging from established multi-million pound to youth-led enterprises – can assist with gang exit, an area of critical importance, especially when considered in alignment with the current labour market. The report also looks at what resources are currently available, and what can be learnt from using enterprise in an effective way.
The HEART programme: final evaluation report (March 2013)
The Dawes Unit was commissioned by the Metropolitan Police to evaluate HEART: a programme designed to reduce the risk of young women either committing or being subject to serious violence, particularly gang-related and sexual violence.