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New training to help understand why young people turn to crime

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PCC Barry Coppinger and ACEs trainer Al Coates

Professionals will be given a unique insight into why young people may commit crime and how to prevent it with new training funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The workshops form part of PCC Barry Coppinger’s pledge to reduce serious violence across Cleveland, after his office secured a national investment of £546,000 from the Home Office’s Early Intervention Youth Fund.

People who work with young people at risk of offending will learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which are stressful life events experienced in childhood. This may be domestic abuse, parental separation, abuse, neglect or growing up with a parent in prison.

The aim of the training is to highlight the vulnerability of young people who have experienced ACEs and to ensure professionals know how to take action to prevent them entering the criminal justice system.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Our strategy to reduce serious violence in Cleveland has four key elements: prevention, early intervention, targeted intervention and diversion.

“This training plays a vital role in helping to prevent young people from entering the world of crime and offending, by understanding why the difficult situations they faced in childhood – through no fault of their own - might impact on their behaviour today.

“A range of professionals working with young people will have access to the training, although priority will be shown to foster carers, staff from children’s homes, pupil referral units and community-based youth services.

“By better understanding the driving factors behind criminal behaviour, we have a better chance of intervening at an early stage and creating safer communities free from serious violence.”

Prevention and early intervention will be key themes in the new Tees Violence Prevention Strategy, which is currently under development and will be published in March 2020.

Any professionals interested in taking part in an ACEs training session can contact Tees Violence Prevention Project Manager Simon Smart on simon.smart2@cleveland.pnn.police.uk.

 

Posted on Wednesday 18th September 2019
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