Oasis Community Hub Hadley on North London, has been selected to be a part of a ground- breaking new project, placing dedicated youth workers within the Metropolitan Police’s Wood Green police custody suite.
‘We will meet with young people at the point of arrest,’ says Hub Leader, Sam Ellis, ‘and then again when they are released to help them find positive ways forward and to access helpful services in the community.
‘The aim of the pilot is to help young people start their journey towards positive choices, breaking the cycle of violence and offending.
‘We will be providing intervention using a ‘trauma informed’ approach to tackle the reasons behind violent behaviour. That means we ask things like ‘are you ok?’ ‘how do you feel?’ ‘What would help you at the moment?’ – questions which focus more on the young person than the crime,’ says Sam Ellis.