This program aims to assist participants to understand how UK gang culture has developed and how a young person’s sense of self-identity can be related to gang culture. We will discuss why children and young people may join a gang or even start up their own, as they look for friends who will protect them. The course explores how gangs are presented as easy access to money, friendship and a glamorous lifestyle. We then examine the reality of how gang culture impacts on the individual and wider society.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand gang and group offending
  2. Understand how groups behave in a more risky fashion than individuals
  3. Understand how a sense of self-identity develops over time
  4. Examine how self-identity can be shaped and defined by gang members
  5. Know how to spot if the young person may be drawn into a gang
  6. Interventions with gang members and group offenders

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

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