“The Working with Gangs course was tremendous. I’ve never come away from a training course feeling as motivated.”
Police Officer, Scotland
Inspiring confidence: Reducing anti-social behaviour
Anti-social behaviour down 53% on an estate in Enfield, London, after Leap worked with the police, teachers, youth workers and young people.
Following a string of five gang-related murders in the London Borough of Enfield in just four months in 2009, Leap worked intensively with the police, the safer neighbourhood team, staff in the local school and in the Youth Offending Service. Over a period of five months, Leap built their confidence and skills in working with young people who were embroiled in anti-social behaviour, violence and gang activity on a local estate.
In 2010, local police braced themselves, as usual, for the summer months – the peak time for anti-social behaviour and street violence. What they saw was a 53% decrease in anti-social behaviour on and around the estate. What they felt was a major reduction in tension. The police have attributed this impressive result to the work with Leap.
The Leap Academy
The Leap Academy, launched in 2008, aims to tackle the chronic shortage of youth and conflict specialists in the UK. There are no formal qualifications to recognise the achievements of those working in this field, and there is an urgent need for more resources and knowledge. The Academy aims to help fill these gaps.
Leap’s accredited programmes offer a range of qualifications for frontline youth professionals who want to develop their skills, as well as young people who want to reduce violence in their communities.
We already provide accredited programmes for young people at Levels 1, 2 and 3, and Leap’s Level 1 peer mediation framework in schools is well-established. 2011 will see this work reach new heights, as we develop wider accreditation with our first Higher Education partner, Leeds Metropolitan University.
For the first time in the UK, students will be able to complete a Certificate in Youth and Conflict as part of their undergraduate degree in Youth Work –bringing the success of Leap’s approach further into the education mainstream.
In 2010 we published ‘An Introduction to Peer Mediation – a young persons guide’, building on our experience of delivering mediation training through our Pathfinder project. Sales of our training manuals for youth professionals are holding steady.
In 2011 we will publish an updated version of ‘Playing with Fire’, our seminal work originally published in 1995, and an exciting new book, ‘From Violence to Resilience – positive transformative programmes for growing young leaders’. This describes how to design and run the Leap Leadership programme.
Copies of our publications can be ordered online at www.leapcc.org.uk
Leap trained 1,600 adult professionals in 2010 and a total of 11,500 over the last three years.
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