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We held our very first SHiFT Practice Forum! An event for all SHiFT Practices to get together, celebrate good practice and support one another. Dr Roberta Evans provided an insightful Trauma-Informed Training session and we launched and sought feedback on our new Practice Framework.
Stat of the week:
Figures reported the continuing tragedy of young people involved in violent crime in London, a stark reminder of why this work has to be the number one priority and why something must be done NOW. Seventeen young people have been killed this year. That’s more than in the whole of 2020.
The children and young people in the K&R Team continue to make progress & have recently partnered with The Music Klub, an organisation who work with young people to deliver innovative music programmes. One of the young people has already started recording his music track and hopes to finish producing soon.
Another of our young people is hopefully about to embark on a carpentry apprenticeship with a local employer. We continue to support all our young people into training and education.
SHiFT Greenwich Induction Day
Following months of virtual meetings, SHiFT were at last able to host an all-staff induction day at our COVID safe base at Coram. SHiFT Kingston & Richmond were on hand to share their experiences and stories.
Our team in Kingston & Richmond, which launched at the end of January, is now complete and working with 22 young people.
The multi-disciplinary team includes a senior qualified Social worker, a senior Early Help and substance misuse practitioner, an early intervention YOT practitioner, an experienced youth work and gangs practitioner and a qualified primary school teacher. Please look out for a Q&A with one of our K&R guides in next month’s newsletter.
The K&R Team has already made excellent progress with the children.
In just 3 months, the Guides have supported a young person to attend college after not being in education for a significant period. Another child has focused on their passion for food as a ‘hook’ when working with their SHiFT Guide. Despite having a history of aggressive behaviour towards other males, this child and their Guide are planning to prepare a family meal together with the aim of inviting the men in the family multi-disciplinary team includes a senior qualified Social worker, a senior Early Help and substance misuse practitioner.
We are thrilled to announce that our second pilot in Greenwich will launch next month. We have now recruited the Lead Guide, Team Coordinator and three Guides.
Stat of the week:
The chart below shows how many of the children we are working with in Kingston & Richmond were arrested during an 18 month period and how many court appearances were made. SHiFT’s work is already showing promising progress and we expect the benefits we’ve already seen to increase as the programme moves ahead.