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Introduction to Leap Confronting Conflict


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Introduction to Leap Confronting Conflict

  1. 1. “Remember you? You saved my life!” An introduction to Leap Confronting Conflict October 2011 1
  2. 2. In this presentation• Who Leap reaches• Leap’s recent track record• Leap’s work• Leap’s response to the riots• Find out more 2
  3. 3. Who Leap reaches• Leap helps young people aged 11-25 to manage and reduce conflict in their lives to prevent it from escalating to violence.• Leap works with young people whose lives are often chaotic and volatile to become role models and leaders of change within their communities.• Leap targets areas with high levels of youth violence and crime 3
  4. 4. Who Leap reachesChallenges young people face todayIssues facing young people ScaleYP in criminal justice system 2075 <18 in system; 10,369 18-20 (2011)Gangs & territorialism 70+ YP died in gangs; 170+ gangs in UK, (2008)Racial conflict, gender & cultural identityNEET and alternative education 938,000 16 to 24yr DWP (2011)Bullying and poor school behaviour 69% children report bullying 87% parents report child bullied (2006)England-wide riots 1,566 suspects have now appeared in court, 21% were under 18 (2011)Lack of emotional development 4
  5. 5. Leap’s recent track record2009• Awarded Charity of the Year at Charity Awards2010• After just one year, violent crime by gang members in Glasgow almost halved, after Leap training for adult support workers.• 17 of 23 young offenders who took part in ‘Fear and Fashion’ programme stopped or reduced offending behaviour.• After only four months of Leap training young people and practitioners, there were 53% fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour in Enfield. 5
  6. 6. Leap’s recent track recordIn 2011 our work has included• developing a collaborative response to the riots• sustained work in Chelmsford prison, the preliminary results of which have highlighted an increase in young people going into education, a decrease in assaults on staff, a reduction in the severity of incidents, a reduction in the use of segregation and 61% fewer adjudications• work in Bexley schools on issues of identity and belonging, after which 91% of young people reported a positive change in perceptions of themselves, how they viewed others and how they responded to prejudice 6
  7. 7. What is our work?• Workshops use interactive exercises: group learning, role-play – simple models that help participants to understand their behaviour• Training is relevant to their daily experience of conflict, and is engaging and challenging• Training increases participants’ self-awareness, emotional intelligence and understanding of their range of choices• We then provide opportunities and new roles to practise and develop new behaviours 7
  8. 8. What is our work?“I know I will take what I have learnt with me through life” 8
  9. 9. Leap’s worka. Early intervention: typically in schools associated with violenceb. Tackling stubborn levels of public violence: work with gangs, weapon carriers, response to recent violencec. Support those already in criminal justice system: YOIs and through the gates workd. Progression opportunities for young people: youth engagement; workplace traininge. Coordinating; not duplicating or competing: sharing latest evidence-based best practice 9
  10. 10. Responding to the riots• Aftermath dominated by knee-jerk reactions• Our response: work with young people, our expert trainers, and like-minded organisations• Harnessing collective expertise of c.30 organisations to draw up a constructive, sustainable programme of local activity – Repair the damage done to the relationships that make up each community – Build capacity to prevent violence escalating 10
  11. 11. Find out 7561 3700 11