London Gang Exit (LGE)
LGE works with young people aged 16 to 24 years old who are affected, associated or affiliated with gang related issues or serious youth violence.
16 - 24 | Pan London
This is the first pan-London service covering all 32 boroughs. The LGE service transcends borough boundaries to create a consistent service across the capital.
The service is designed to complement and enhance existing local services across London, and fill in the gaps in provision. The LGE service provides traditional one to one caseworker support from a trauma based approach, as well as meeting the complex and specialist needs of the client group, including mental health support, employment support, family support and housing advocacy.
LGE empowers young people to move away from gang lifestyles by providing support to exit, developing new skills, and providing the opportunity for social reintegration into the community through support, guidance and practical help.
The service offers holistic support over a six month intervention period. This support is offered via confidential one to one sessions in a location that is safe and comfortable for the young person.
Depending on their level of need, the intensity of one to one support will be provided by a support worker and/or specialist worker.
Catch22 are the leads on LGE’s work within the secure estates (training centres/prisons/young offender’s institutions. We take referrals within 12 weeks of the young person’s release date. The prison link team will endeavour to meet with the young person prior to release at least once to assess suitability and motivation and to assist with the transition from custody to the community.
Mayors Office of Policing and Crime’s recent evaluation of LGE shows that the service has delivered the following outcomes:
- 7% reduction in general offending
- 23% reduction in violent offending
- 42% reduction in victimisation after LGE interventions.
LGE takes self referrals, referrals from families/carers/friends, statutory/non statutory organisations.
We encourage you to call to discuss any potential referral before completing a referral form so that we can be sure young people are eligible for the service. If LGE is not the right service we will do our best to sign post to an alternative provision.
To be eligible for referral, the young person (male or female) should be:
- aged between 16-24 associated with or involved in gangs (if they fall outside the eligible age range they will be considered on a case by case basis)
- at significant risk of harm from gang activity, (such as violence or exploitation), a risk to themselves, or pose a risk of harm to others motivated to end their gang involvement (if applicable) and are willing to work with the LGE service.
The young person will not be eligible:
- if they are not yet motivated to end their gang involvement (if applicable) and not willing to work with the LGE service
- if there is no evidence of gang association or risks from gangs
- if they are already receiving extensive support from the borough that they are residing in, or from other statutory organisations, or if the services they require are available locally to them (although if services are oversubscribed or not suitable then they will be considered).
For more information
- Find out more about Catch22’s Gangs work
- Gangs and Violence Reduction publications
- Gangs and Violence Reduction news and blogs
Referral options for this service
You can refer yourself
You can refer family or a friend
You can refer a client
Volunteer and placement opportunities
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You can't get a placement at this service