Nine-year-olds ‘immune’ to violence are told how to avoid gang life

The TES is reporting that nine-year-old children at risk of getting trapped in a life of violence and knife crime are being targeted in a radical project to tackle gang culture in Glasgow primary schools…

Pupils identified as being “on the cusp of gangs” will be given advice on staying out of trouble in a scheme influenced by the US-based Mentors in Violence Prevention project, which encourages young people to be leaders in their communities.

Organisers hope the new project, A Community in Motion (ACIM), will eventually be rolled out to all 138 Glasgow primaries and reach tens of thousands of children…

The schools will work with the national Violence Reduction Unit. It has helped to dramatically reduce violent crime in Scotland by treating it “like a disease” to be “inoculated” against before it happens.

Director Karyn McCluskey said this was the first time that children so young had been targeted in the UK. She was due to highlight the approach at a Home Office event this week, expected to be attended by home secretary Theresa May and police chiefs.

ACIM was inspired by conversations between headteachers Louise Hamilton, of St Anne’s Primary, and Geraldine Parkinson of St Thomas’ Primary. Both expressed concern that schemes to counter gang culture only started for children at the age of 11 or 12…

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Sad that it is needed, but it will be interesting to see how this initiative develops…

 

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