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Conflict Resolution Uncut (Working with Men)

Intervention for boys to increase awareness of alternatives to resolving conflict through violent means and prevent pathways into offending.

Project summary

  • Grant amount awarded: £558,703
  • Duration of programme: 4 years
  • Number of beneficiaries: 700
  • Replication areas (England): Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Partners: Schools within the replication area

Intervention: Conflict Resolution – Uncut

Conflict Resolution – Uncut works with boys to increase their knowledge and awareness of alternatives to resolving conflict through violent means. School-based discussions and activities seek to address negative attitudes and behaviour, enabling participants to develop a range of skills and strategies, preventing pathways into offending/criminal behaviour.

The intervention targets boys aged 11 to 14-years-old in primary, secondary schools and pupil referral units who are exhibiting risk factors such as: school exclusion and challenging behaviour, and those who have absconded from home. It also targets those who have been in contact with Youth Offending Teams, been referred to pupil referral units, and/or have been involved in or at risk of criminal and gang activity.

The intervention begins with consultations with young people. The aim is to understand specific issues related to conflict primarily from a young person’s perspective. This informs the content and development of materials, which are in turn tested and evaluated through feedback questionnaires and interviews. The programme has six topic-based sessions delivered over half a term and a follow-up session after 12 weeks.

A practitioner, initially a conflict resolution worker, delivers the intervention and then trains/supports teachers and others to deliver where possible.

Delivery organisation: Working With Men

Working With Men is an award-winning charity supporting positive male activity, engagement and involvement. Current work includes solution-based approaches to tackling conflict and knife-related incidents in schools and in the community, raising the attainment levels of boys in school, support for single mothers of boys, fatherhood and fathers into school programmes, tackling racial violence and issues of identity among young people.

More recently, Working with Men has begun working with women’s groups on issues related to safer relationships conflict and mediation.

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