Research from Croydon’s 2019 Vulnerable Adolescents Review (VAR) alerted Croydon that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is a major cause that needs to be tackled. A problem that is not only traumatising many young people in the Borough, but also having a generational impact on young people whose life choices are being negatively influenced and placing them at significant risk of the involvement in crime.
Croydon’s 2019 consultations on its Violence Reduction Network (VRN) confirmed the key findings from the VAR – that a long-term public health approach to violence reduction must find a way to deal with ACEs.
CROYDON COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AGAINST TRAUMA
Funded by the Young Londoner’s Fund (YLF), Croydon Community Partnership Against Trauma aims to support up to 1,425 pupils aged 10 to 16 to spearhead Croydon’s long-term strategy to reduce youth violence by building partnerships that bring families, schools and local communities together in an integrated programme that equips young people with the tools to overcome a range of adverse childhood experiences and the skills to achieve their goals.
The BME Forum is working with a partnership made up of a number of schools, infrastructure, voluntary and community organisations, pupils, parents, and the council with the aim of:
- supporting targeted support at the transitional phases between primary/secondary and school/college
- informing the restructuring of Croydon’s children services by extending the alternative provision role in supporting young people with social and emotional problems into mainstream education
- using community-based activities to tackle the root causes of youth violence
The three-year school-based programme covers the following key areas:
- Trauma informed training for schools
- 121 mental health support for young people
- Providing diversionary activities
- Developing trauma informed communities
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At 96,000, Croydon’s youth population is the highest in London and shows high concentrations of vulnerable adolescents (including looked-after-children), high rates of youth offending, school exclusions and NEETs, as well as the serious levels of child poverty in our target localities.
The programme will help young people address negative childhood experience through empowerment and behaviour change. It will form part of Croydon’s long-term strategy to reduce youth violence, by focusing on pupil transition phases, and using community-based activities.