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									                          Registered Charity No. 1136013
           Youth Empowerment Crime Diversion Scheme
  Tackling the Causes of Youth Offending & Supporting Prisoner Rehabilitation


                        INFORMATION PACK

Youth Empowerment Crime Diversion Scheme is a community based scheme led
by ex-offender Graham Godden which delivers unique interventions to young
people at risk of offending.

                           Background Information

The Youth Empowerment Crime Diversion Scheme aims to divert young people
from crime by empowering them to explore social responsibilities and lifestyle
choices. The scheme is targeted at young people with a history of offending and
those identified as being at risk of offending.

Youth Empowerment delivers a variety of services designed to explore the
underlying causes of criminal and anti-social behaviour. Services can be
delivered either as a specific one off intervention or as part of a specially
designed series of workshops, delivered as a set programme.

                              Credible Experience

The workshops have been developed by ex-offender, Graham Godden and draw
on his experience of 25 years of drug addiction, criminality and prison. Graham
spent many years in prison as a result of his lifestyle and has now set up the
Youth Empowerment Crime Diversion Scheme. The scheme draws on his personal
experience of change and issues which underpin patterns of offending. Graham
has in depth experience of working with young people, having spent a substantial
time as a serving prisoner working with over 2,500 young people engaged in
crime diversion work. He has an impressive portfolio of supervised work with
young people, including engagements with numerous Police Groups, Youth
Offending Teams, Schools, Pupil Referral Units and Surrey Youth Justice
Service. References are available to support this. To date, Graham is the only
offender to achieve The Professional Certificate of Effective Practice in Youth
Justice (YJB) as part of his Bsc Criminology degree. In the first year of
operations, Graham and Youth Empowerment have worked with over 800 young
people in the community – with a strategic aim of reaching up to 7000 more over
the next three years. Youth Empowerment achieved charitable status early in
2010. This will enable us to deliver many funded sessions to young people as a ‘no
fee’ service.




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                               Services Available

Youth Empowerment offers the following services:

Breaking Free Group Work Programme
Intensive 12 session group work programme designed for young people with the
highest level of need. This service is also available as a short duration 6 session
programme. The programme is designed to explore those factors which underpin
offending related behaviours. It is a programme of personal development which
promotes maturation, personal responsibility and new methods of coping with
difficult feelings and situations.


Bespoke Special Group Workshops
This service is tailor made to challenge the specific offending and behaviour
patterns of young people involved in medium to high level offending. Suitable for
young people engaging with alternative education programmes, the youth justice
service and exclusion teams.

Specific Issue Workshops
This service concentrates on specific issues and is designed to inform, educate
and enable young people to gain a greater awareness of issues affecting their
lives. The service is suitable for all young people at risk of offending and/or re-
offending.

A Crime Diversion Presentation
This workshop is designed to confront young people with the realities of crime
and prison. The service is suitable for young people disengaging from education
and/or displaying problematic behaviour and is ideal for at risk school groups.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Group Counselling
This service is available for those young people identified as having problematic
drug and/or alcohol issues.

Girls Group
This is a gender specific group work programme for females. Delivered by
female facilitators this service explores specific issues relating to young
females.




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Controlling Anger
This is a 6 session anger management programme using fresh and
innovative techniques to help young people better understand and manage
anger related issues.

Mentoring
We offer one-to-one mentoring sessions for young people with individual
needs who may not be suited to group work programmes. This service is
also offered as a ‘follow–up’ to other services.

        All Services are to be supervised by service user staff

                           Description of Services

Breaking Free Group Work Programme
Breaking Free is a 12-session cognitive behavioural group work programme
designed for young people identified as having the most entrenched offending
related issues. The programme aims to tackle the underlying causes of offending
behaviour by promoting:

      Exploration and understanding of difficult personal issues.
      Personal responsibility and maturation.
      Personal development
      Victim awareness
      Empowering coping strategies

The Breaking Free programme consists of the eight core Youth Empowerment
workshops and four other optional workshops, selected according to the specific
needs of the young people involved. The Breaking Free programme incorporates
Graham’s personal experience of change and utilises his academic and skill based
knowledge to support effective learning, specifically aimed at reducing
recidivism and empowering young people to lead more productive lives.

Graham has over three year’s experience of working with the most challenging
and problematic young people involved in offending. He has previously worked in
partnership with Surrey Youth Justice Service, engaging in group work projects
with young people on ISSP and other high risk groups. The fundamental strength
of the Breaking Free Programme is that young people can access and identify
with Graham’s experience of personal and offending related issues, thus
empowering them to believe that change is both positive and possible for them.




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Breaking Free Group Work Programme consists of:
All Eight Core Workshops
Any Four Optional Choice Workshops

Core Workshops:
The Role of Offending
Triggers of Offending
Identity – Who Am I
Relationships
Victims
Understanding Feelings and Emotions
Understanding Anger
Maintaining Change


Optional Choice Workshops:
The Role of Drugs and Alcohol in Offending
Peer Pressure
Developing Self Esteem
Image
Enhanced Thinking Skills
Aims and Goals
Motivation
The Role of Education and Employment
Police, Youth Justice and Prison
Gun and Knife Crime
Gang Culture
Violent Offending



Bespoke Special Group Workshops
Bespoke Special Groups are designed for young people involved in all levels of
offending. The aim of this service is to confront young people with the realities
of criminal activity and the prospect of imprisonment – specifically focussing on
the offending relating to those in attendance. A powerful element of this
service is Graham’s testimony concerning the escalation, futility and
consequences of criminal behaviour. This one-ff intervention is hard hitting and
designed to enable the young people to evaluate and reflect on their own
behaviour. This service is most suited to young people actively involved in
offending related behaviours. This service includes a full consultation prior to
delivery to assess the specific needs of the young people.




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Specific Issue Workshops
This service explores specific areas of concerns relating offending and/or
problematic behaviour. Service users can access any one of the twenty Youth
Empowerment Workshops aimed at informing, educating and developing a
greater understanding of issues which underpin the offending of young people.
This service is intended to be used as a one off intervention to accompany other
existing or planned crime diversion work. However, it may suit he needs of the
young people to design a short duration programme containing multiple
workshops. This service is suitable for all young people, specifically those
identified as being at risk of offending and/or re-offending. This service
includes a full consultation prior to delivery to assess the specific needs of
young people.


A Crime Diversion Presentation
This service is designed to confront young people with the realities of crime and
prison. It specifically focuses on the progression of criminality, the deprivation
of prison, victim issues, choice and consequence and personal responsibility.
Graham’s personal experience gives integrity to this factual account of the
painful consequences of a criminal lifestyle. This service is best suited to those
young people identified as being at risk of offending and/or displaying
problematic behaviour and disengaging from education. This service can be
delivered to groups from schools, alternative education programmes, youth
groups and other supportive youth agencies.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Group Counselling
This service is available for those young people identified as having problematic
drug and alcohol issues, specifically, but not exclusively, relating to their
offending. The group counselling service adopts a person-centred approach,
which enables young people to identify problematic patterns of substance misuse
and consider personal solutions. Grahams vast personal experience of drug and
alcohol addiction, coupled with his Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselling Diploma,
combine to make this service an authentic experience of self examination, based
on the credibility and the identification experienced by the young people in
relation to Grahams own journey through many years of substance misuse and
eventual recovery. This service includes a full consultation with service users to
assess intervention intensity and duration.


Girls Group
This is a gender specific group work programme for females. Delivered by
female facilitators this service explores specific issues relating to young
females. There is currently very little provision for young females to
explore the deeper issues which underpin attitudes, beliefs and
behaviours. Creating a safe arena for exploration and discussion which



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promotes greater understanding and acceptance is the main aim of this
service. Our main Breaking Free Group Work Programme has been
adapted to include very specific issues which affect the lives of young
females today. A great deal of consultation and research has gone in to
the design of this innovative programme.

Controlling Anger
This is a 6 session anger management programme using fresh and
innovative techniques to help young people better understand and manage
anger related issues. Communication, alternative coping strategies and
understanding the process of anger all make this a service which enables
young people to gain a greater understanding of where anger comes from
and how to safely manage it.

Mentoring
We offer one-to-one mentoring sessions for young people with individual
needs who may not be suited to group work programmes. This service is
also offered as a ‘follow–up’ to other services. This is a very individual
service. For further details please contact the Project Manager.

           What Makes Youth Empowerment Services Unique?

The unique feature of Youth Empowerment Services is that they are the
product of criminal experience. They also incorporate personal experience of
childhood dysfunction, the care system, substance abuse, anger, aggression and
negative attitudes. This perspective distinguishes the service from other
products. The crucial distinction is the real life experience and credibility, as
far as young people are concerned. Graham has walked the walk and been in
similar situations to where the young people are now. This has an exceptional and
unique impact, as demonstrated in over ten years of work by offenders
delivering the Coldingley Crime Diversion Scheme, of which Graham was the Lead
Co-ordinator for over two years.

Delivering interventions which directly relates to both facilitator and young
person creates a level of identification and credibility which maximises the
potential to gain the attention and respect of the young people. Graham’s ability
to role-model and de-glamorise crime, whilst confronting young people with the
stark realities of offending and negative behaviour patterns, increases levels of
engagement and promotes an effective learning environment, beyond that
experienced by young people with facilitators they cannot identify with. It is
this fundamental aspect which sets Youth Empowerment apart from other
products currently available. Graham’s experience of rehabilitation and change



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has the ability to inspire and promote self-belief that change is both positive
and achievable for all young people. Youth Empowerment Crime Diversion
Scheme truly has the ability to get to the heart of the issues which underpin
the offending of young people.


                                  Good Practice

Youth Empowerment Crime Diversion Scheme acknowledges and takes seriously
the responsibilities of working with young people. Therefore, we are committed
to adhering to the following principles of good practice.

    All Youth Empowerment employees will have received Child Protection
    Training relevant to the level of contact with young people

    Youth Empowerment employees              will   disclose   the   limitations   of
    confidentiality prior to all sessions.

    Youth Empowerment employees will not disclose specifics of offending which
    may be perceived as being ‘glamorising’ or ‘educational’

    Youth Empowerment employees will role model in a positive and calm manner

    All sessions must be supervised by service user employees at all times. At no
    time will Youth Empowerment employees be alone with young people.

    No service will be delivered without prior consultation with service user
    employees; nor will any service be accessed in isolation to other existing or
    planned intervention work.

    Youth Empowerment will liaise with service users to evaluate effectiveness
    of service.

    Youth Empowerment commit to observing national standards and legislation
    relating to Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Health and Safety, Data
    Protection and Ethical Codes of Practice.


    Pricing and Booking Details
    All Youth Empowerment Crime Diversion Scheme interventions are designed
    to last a maximum of three hours (including a short break). All services have
    a maximum group size of 12 young people. These limitations are to maximise
    the impact on young people. Services are delivered by one or two fully
    trained and experienced facilitators.




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   As a charity and ‘not for profit’ limited company our pricy policy enables us
   to offer services at cost prices. We are also able to offer concessions and
   funded sessions in specific local areas. It is one of our aims not to exclude
   any group on the basis of finance. All services include a full consultation
   prior to delivery of service and post session de-brief with service user
   staff. Extra costs are only applicable where a second facilitator is
   requested. Discounts for multiple bookings are negotiable.

   Youth Empowerment services are available throughout the Southern region.
   For further information and details of how to book please contact:

   Fiona Medley

   Email: fiona@youthempowermentcds.org.uk

   Mobile: 07907560439

   Young people are our future and we believe that everyone has the capacity
   to change. We aim to work in conjunction with other support agencies to
   reduce youth crime and improve the lives of young people. We are
   committed to placing the welfare of young people at the centre of
   everything we do.


Testimonials from Service Users

‘Hearing what Graham and his guest speakers had to say made some
students determined they did not want to go to prison’......’bringing the
two female ex-offenders was extremely useful as the female students
really respected what they had to say and could relate to some of their
experiences’
Tracey Hellier, CRED, Alternative Education Centre, Reading.

‘At times, group members became very challenging and tested boundaries:
however facilitators were able to diffuse situations and manage difficult
behaviour appropriately and responsibly. Normally we would expect to
experience high drop- out rates when running group work programmes,
however we were surprised to find that we had an almost 100%
engagement rate.
Stacy North, Case Work Manager, Windsor & Maidenhead Youth
Offending Team.




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‘We have already been able to build on the work you started with them
and believe that your workshops had a significant and very positive impact
on our young people.
Paul Langtree, PA Connexions, Ngage Project, Surrey.

‘Graham praised the young people at every opportunity which gave them
the confidence to join in. All staff members found him to be astute to
the young people’s feelings and so they were able to reflect and
understand how they could try and change and look forward to a more
positive future.’
Sian Jones, Social Training and Education Programme, Surrey



Youth Empowerment is a registered Charity (Registered No. 1136013)
And 'not for profit' Limited Company (Company No. 7142210)
View Charity Commission Register of Charities www.charitycommission.gov.uk

Youth Empowerment Website www.youthempowermentcds.org.uk




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