- Funding awarded: £500,000
- Duration of programme: 3 years
- Number of beneficiaries: 80
- Replication areas (England): London Borough of Brent
- Partners: PLIAS Resettlement
Intervention: Strength 2 Strength
Strength 2 Strength is an early intervention programme that works with young people aged eight to 13-years-old who are identified as being at risk of entering the criminal justice system. A project worker holds each case for 16 weeks. Following an assessment process in the initial weeks a care plan is created from a toolkit of group components including:
- academic tuition
- emotional resilience
- parenting support
- building communication skills through radio and sports.
These components build on protective factors and limit evidence-based risk factors with the aim of improving outcomes in emotional well-being, education and family circumstances. Project Workers can also carry out up to four hours of planned individual work around emotional resilience and will also undertake multi-agency work where necessary.
The final stage of the 16 weeks is an exit strategy that ensures the young person/family is signposted to appropriate services in the community. During holidays BANG runs extra leisure activities as part of Strength 2 Strength.
Delivery organisation: BANG Edutainment
BANG Edutainment has 11 years’ experience delivering a wide range of creative and media-based diversionary projects and positive activities for children and young people. Recently, BANG delivery has included inclusive education support projects and work with young people with convictions post-release.