At SHiFT, we are able to reach the child and stay with them, wherever they are and wherever they go. We will be alongside them whether they are in or out of education or in or out of custody. We are not limited by geographical or service thresholds and turning 18 isn’t a cliff edge. We will help each young person to navigate their post pandemic lives.
For many kids, their lives have been affected by violence and abuse. Disruptions in their friendship groups, families and communities, will often lead to not attending school, exclusion and expulsion. It may also lead to feeling pressured in to joining gangs, groomed into involvement with county lines activity and at risk of injury due to violent crime.
Over 66,000 children every year end up being arrested. More than half of those will be given custodial sentences and will reoffend. At SHiFT, we aim to help break that vicious cycle as we believe every child has to the right to a life that’s free from violence and crime
We are here for the long term and we will do whatever it takes to support each child to create a better, more positive and happier life.
To hear more from some of our Guides on how they see working at SHiFT and why they believe our approach will make a difference, please see the videos below.
Black Lives Matter
SHiFT publicly and proactively supports the mission of the Black Lives Matter movement whose aim is to combat racism in modern-day society.
SHiFT is open to all children and young people regardless of race, gender or ethnicity, however, SHiFT acknowledges that there is an over representation of Black young people in the criminal justice system and that this over representation will therefore be mirrored in SHiFT programme participation. For this reason SHiFT must and will be supportive and vocal in challenging and breaking down racist systems and structures that may impede Black young people from making a positive contribution to our society and build a better life for themselves.
SHiFT is an organisation in its infancy and in time we shall be judged by our actions, but today we commit to continuously acknowledge, reflect upon and learn how to be anti-racist in our organisation’s ethos, construct and practice.