Working with Young People in the Community is a vital part of the AP Foundation’s work, where early intervention is so important when trying to keep young people away from crime.
- In 2018 there were 14,500 new entrants into the Youth Justice System
- There were over 65,800 arrests of children (aged 10-17)
- 22 Young People each day become victims of serious youth violence
- There are an estimated 70,000 gang members in the UK, of which 27,000 are children aged 10 to 15.
- In London nearly half of homicide victims killed with a gun or knife are aged 15 to 24 years old, despite only accounting for 12 per cent of London’s population
- Black children are four times more likely than white children to be arrested
- During the last year there has been a 40% rise in incidents of self-harm for young people held in custody
- 41% of children and young people reoffend
There are a number of key drivers associated with the development of criminal behaviour in young people and they include:
- Family breakdown
- A lack of positive role models
- Educational failure
- Mental & emotional health problems
- An absence of aspirations
- Unemployment and underemployment
- Discrimination & stereotyping
Our target are young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or low-income families, those not in employment, education or training (NEET) and young people on probation or serving community sentences. We work with local youth offending teams, schools, police and other local service providers. The majority of people we work with are aged 8-24, although our recruitment is based on maturity rather than age.
Key to our approach is the delivery of a range of programmes that support and empower young people by giving them hope and aspiration, helping them to develop life skills in a safe environment, building on their strengths and interests, growing their confidence and enabling them to become active citizens in the real world by delivering our programmes in a fun and engaging way that will appeal to young people.
We equip our students with critical thinking skills, we offer alternative education courses, we deliver life-skills and money management programmes, we offer skill training and employment opportunities, we provide pop-up workshops and guest speakers, we work with local sports organisations, we also work with their families… and we offer all our students support, advice and guidance for as long as it is required.