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Annual conference family focus young people their families and the criminal justice system

Annual Conference

Family Focus – Young People, their Families

and the Criminal Justice System

St Giles Trust

Children and Families Project London


St giles trust cafe

St Giles Trust – CAFE

Children and Families Project London


Workshop format

Workshop Format

  • A presentation

  • Questions and discussion, mainly focused on asking how we can deliver effectively to young offenders and their families with an integrated service

  • No interpretive dance or role play


Who are st giles trust

Who are St Giles Trust?

Established in 1962 working with homeless people

Since 2000 working with offenders in prisons and the community

Changed to become a CJS organisation, now known for employing ex-offenders and Through the Gates services


The peer adviser model

The Peer Adviser Model

Trained serving prisoners to support prison based housing workers

Used NVQ 3 in Information, Advice and Guidance

Started employing ex offenders in community projects

Now 30% of staff are ex service users


London caf background

London Café Background

  • Asked by Barclays to set project up in Spring 2012

  • Followed success of the CAFE Project in Kent and the St Giles Trust SOS Project

  • Aiming to offer a service that could make a significant difference to families in crisis, particularly those where the teenagers are offending


Overall aims

Overall aims

  • To holistically support families, their teenagers involved in offending and their siblings

  • To secure appropriate accommodation

  • To engage all the services needed, and fill the gaps

  • To reduce re-offending

  • To break the cycle of poverty, unemployment and homelessness


Where we were

Where we were

SOS Gangs Project

Ex-offender staff, mainly younger male

Popular with Community Safety and Police

Café Family Support Project in Kent

Experienced and qualified staff, mainly female

Popular with YOS and Children’s Services


Where we are going

Where we are going

Café London

A mix of experienced and qualified staff, male and female and some ex-offender

Popular with a range of agencies

Links to programmes like SFSC and NVR

  • Engagement with the teenager around offending, with a worker who personally understands the issues, and support for the rest of the family, including siblings.

  • This addresses immediate issues and delivers early intervention


Our approach

Our approach

  • Both practical and emotional support

  • Positive relationships

  • Good links with partners

  • A bridge to mainstream and statutory services

  • Use some group programmes


Family programmes

Family Programmes

Work best when participants are supported

  • Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC)

  • Non- Violent Resistance (NVR)


Some stats

Some stats

  • 47 families worked with so far

  • 87 children supported so far

  • Entry into further training & jobs: 12

  • Accommodation found: 8

  • Accommodation saved: 4

  • School attendance improvement: 7

  • Number of cases with Social Services involvement: 12


The future

The Future

  • We have been re-funded

  • Plans to embed delivery of parenting workshops – SFSC and NVR

  • Move into new boroughs

  • Look at evaluation


Questions for us all

Questions for us all

  • How do we get Children's Services to accept peer workers?

  • How do we persuade people to fund this work?

  • How might this type of project be evaluated? What would we measure?


Contacts

Contacts

  • Michelle Gill – [email protected]

  • Evan Jones – [email protected]


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