Gangs and serious youth violence are a growing concern. Whilst they are the product of severe socio-economic deprivation, by creating a culture of violence and criminality they are simultaneously a key driver of social breakdown in the communities in which they thrive. Urban street gangs predominantly consist of young people in their mid to late adolescence, living in deprived communities often around friends and family members with a history of gang involvement.
Our work targets and builds on young people’s strengths to prevent them becoming involved in gangs and provides a range of interventions for gang-involved young people to support them to exit.
Our gangs work combines research on policy and practice with direct delivery, both in the community and in custody. Using a relationship-based approach, our teams take account of the risks and needs of each service user and build on their strengths. Our schools work supports children at risk of or involved in gangs and we also support families and children who go missing and/or are experiencing sexual exploitation.
Our community and prison work takes an integrated multi-agency approach, including working with the police, and is informed by the best possible evidence. This enables our delivery team in Wolverhampton to effectively reduce the harms caused by gangs. Our teams engage people with convictions as part of our offender management and resettlement services in prisons and through the gate, supporting rehabilitation.
Wolverhampton Violence Reduction Service
Our community-based violence reduction work in Wolverhampton engages individuals, families, schools and communities to support young people at risk of gang involvement and those looking to leave a gang. We take a whole family approach, building strong and consistent relationships with young people whilst focusing on improving educational and employment outcomes to develop existing strengths and manage risks.
Catch22’s Gangs Service was introduced in HMP Thameside in April 2013 to reduce the risk posed by gang-involved prisoners, and now runs in four other prisons. Run by professionals with an extensive knowledge and understanding of gang culture, the service aims to capitalise on the ‘teachable moments’ prompted by prison sentences to encourage people to leave gang lifestyles behind. Specifically, the service targets coping and communication skills, and identifies positive educational and employment opportunities for people to pursue on release.
‘I am convinced that the work they have done has prevented serious harm to many prisoners. It is their drive and their understanding of the problem that has made Thameside the safe place that prisoners now consider that it is.’
John Biggin OBE, Ex HMP Thameside Director
- Find out more about the Dawes Unit
- Find out about our HMP Thameside Gangs Service
- Read our two-page overview of our Young People and Families work
Contact us if you have an enquiry about Catch22’s youth violence services and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.
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1 Based on a sample of 48 service users in Wolverhampton