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Wolverhampton Violence Reduction Community Team

Early intervention and preventative measures for young people at risk of being drawn into or harmed by gangs and support for entrenched gang members to move on and out through viable alternatives.

10-17 | Wolverhampton - surrounding areas to be considered on a case-by-case basis

What we do

The Wolverhampton Violence Reduction Community Team (a strand of the Wolverhampton Violence Reduction Service) aims to increase self-awareness and self-worth in young people, allowing them to have confidence to make positive changes to their lives and steer away from gangs and into education or training. Our project workers do this by offering emotional and practical support, while providing opportunities for the young people to try new experiences or activities, encouraging individuals to reach their potential.

The work is delivered in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies and aims to respond to individual and community needs, ensuring that the right interventions are in place at the right time.

Our approach uses a three-tier model that has been underpinned by research and informed by our young people to ensure we are able to respond to their needs effectively.  Our model is based on three distinct tiers:

Tier 1: Prevention and Education

  • Early Identification & diversion activities of those at risk of gang involvement.
  • Comprehensive assessments to create long term solutions and support the individual and their family
  • Awareness raising and knowledge building sessions for Young People, school staff and other professionals to support families and integrate practices and safeguarding models
  • Training workshops tailored to the needs of young people and professionals alike
  • Enhance communication between agencies to allow for early appropriate interventions and engagement models

Tier 2: Core Interventions

  • Community mentoring using a suite of structured bespoke individual and group interventions
  • Group and 1:1 work delivered in schools preventing exclusion
  • Employment-focused programmes that lead to real and fulfilling jobs
  • Family and Community Support Groups
  • Awareness training for professionals
  • Sport and leisure activities to build resilience and confidence

Tier 3: Engagement and Monitoring

  • Tailored and sustainable gang exit strategies by delivering a range of bespoke interventions tailored to the individual’s needs
  • Multi-disciplinary teamwork linking in with youth offending plans
  • Desistance monitoring
  • Service evaluation in collaboration with Wolverhampton University

 

How we do it

Targeted work: Community mentoring is an integral part of the team’s work. One-to-one support is provided to those who are most vulnerable or already fully entrenched into the gang lifestyle. The needs of each client are assessed and key workers work closely with both the individual and the family/network around them to identify practical solutions.

Family support: The service offers parents information and advice, emotional and moral support, a safe and confidential meeting place and a listening ear. Using a whole family and empowerment approach the team work towards bringing families back together, supporting siblings and family members as well as the young person engaged in the service.

Preventing School Exclusion: The team deliver an ‘anger and emotions’ 6 week group intervention in local schools and pupil referral units to students who are displaying challenging behaviour. The team engage young people over a period of time either on a 1-to-1 basis or a small group setting.

Outreach: The team deliver an outreach programme that engages local residents and provides opportunities to bring communities together to improve and build sustainable support networks for those that need it the most. We listen to the challenges they face, monitor their perception of safety and offer appropriate support in response.

Professional Training: Awareness training is delivered to help professionals support young people at risk of or already involved in gang involvement. Subjects include gang awareness, knife awareness, safeguarding, risk management, Child criminal exploitation (CCE) and child sexual exploitation (CSE), County Lines and Social Media and Drill Music.

Referral options for this service

You can refer yourself
You can refer family or a friend
You can refer a client

We encourage you to call to discuss any potential referral before completing a referral form so that we can be sure the person is eligible for the service.  To be eligible for referral, the person (male or female) should be:

  • Aged 10-17 and associated with, involved in, or at risk of involvement in gang culture
  • 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 service.

Please make all enquiries via the contact details listed on this page.

 

The Wolverhampton Violence Reduction Resettlement Team targets both male and females aged 18-30 years who are in prison and who are gang involved, at risk of gang involvement, have been affected by gangs and/or have been sentenced for violent offences that have involved a weapon.

Volunteer and placement opportunities

You can't volunteer for this service
You can't get a placement at this service