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Mar 16 2020

Finding Rhythms to break the cycle of offending

The harsh reality of being in a gang is being shared through music created by prisoners in Essex. HM Prison Chelmsford and the Finding Rhythms charity are working together to break the cycle of men reoffending when they leave prison. Those completing the six-day music-making course will not only achieve a BTEC qualification, but write, […]

Mar 12 2020

Officers helping children and young people through trauma

Groups of youths hanging about the streets are generally thought to be up to no good. But what if they were seen in a different light and approached as young people struggling to deal with trauma in their lives? Essex Police is training its officers and partners to engage with young people in a new […]

Mar 11 2020

1-2-1 mentoring helps keep young people away from gangs and violence

The most at-risk young people in Thurrock have been given one to one mentoring to steer them away from gangs and violence. Thurrock Council enlisted the help of the St Giles Trust charity to use lived experiences as a way of empowering young people to avoid being exploited or groomed. They worked with 20 students […]

Mar 10 2020

Perspectives on violence event being held to raise awareness of Essex’s violence and vulnerability challenges

Hundreds of professionals will be coming together this Friday (March 13, 2020) to share their perspectives on violence. Essex’s Violence and Vulnerability Unit is staging a conference to showcase all the work that is taking place across the county as well as hearing from national professionals and experts who will share their experience and best […]

Mar 10 2020

Teens N Toast Youth Club gets kids off the street

Vulnerable young people are being enticed off the streets and away from potential trouble with the launch of a free youth club in Southend. Teens N Toast Club runs every Tuesday for young people aged 11 to 16 at YMCA Community School in Southend. The club was set up after members of the youth independent […]

Mar 04 2020

E-learning package to help staff spot the signs of grooming and exploitation

The subtle signs someone may be being exploited are being explained during a unique countywide training programme. Councils in Essex, Southend and Thurrock have joined forces to produce an e-learning programme to offer frontline staff guidance on how to spot the signs of exploitation and what to do if they suspect it is happening. The […]