“The course was useful especially hearing from “marje” (a mother*). It’s changed how I feel about weapons and I wouldn’t carry one when I’m released” – Young person in custody for murder regarding the SOS programme
*In our victim awareness module, a mother of a young offender was brought into the prison to let the young people know first hand the stress, pain and heartache their actions have on their families.
The Surviving Our Streets Violent Offender Programme has been developed with the following key factors in mind:
- To engage both those actively participating in high-risk activity and those on the periphery (in separate contexts)
- To facilitate the candidates’ ability to view their actions through the eyes of others
- To provide credible skills and techniques to resolve potentially violent conflicts without violence
- To address the shocking realities of “street life” and destroy popular myths and misconceptions
- To facilitate a change in thinking and ultimately behaviour
- To employ scenario based training techniques to allow candidates to play out common scenarios that could lead to violence
The workshops are delivered by “credible messengers” those with experiences of gang affiliation/offending behaviour. This allows for a “real recognises real” approach which leads to a potent peer led program.
Our non-violent conflict resolution sessions are based around cascading mediation skills, knowledge and experience, alongside the FAST (Fear Adrenal Stress Training) methodology. The primary goal of the system is to prepare participants psychologically and physically for confrontational situations whether verbal or physical.
Surviving Our Streets offers a number of FAST based programmes.
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