New approach to youth violence
Oasis is delighted to be working with the Metropolitan Police, Haringey and Enfield Council Children Services and The Children’s Society in ‘Operation Alliance’, a programme aimed at supporting 10-18-year-olds in custody and diverting them away from crime and reoffending.
‘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.