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The future of any society depends on how it treats it's young
In a land without morals, it's no wonder children kill each other

   
Crime in the community
Gangs Unite"NHS psychologists meet London gang members on streets in bid to tackle violence
11 March 2018
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NHS psychologists are meeting London's gang members on the streets in a bid to tackle violence in the city.
The scheme, set up by two doctors in Camden, sees therapists meeting with gang members in the EC1 postcode to try to stem rising levels of youth violence.
For the past 18 months, Dr Richard Grove and Dr Jeff Halperin who set up the project, have been working with more than 100 members of a prominent gang in Camden to offer them coaching and mental health support. It is hoped following the success of the scheme that it could be rolled out to other areas of London.
wfcwBoris announces London-wide gang exit programme
2 February 2016
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Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged £1m to a new city-wide programme aimed at helping vulnerable young people turn their backs on gangs.
The London Gang Exit programme, which is also part-funded by London Community Rehabilitation Company, is expected to help around 300 16-24 year olds each year.
Any young Londoner identified by the police or other agency as a gang member or vulnerable to being recruited by gangs is eligible to be referred and would receive specialised one to one mentoring and support.
City Hall says the scheme is “fully funded” until October 2017 and will be delivered in partnership with a range of specialist organisations including Only Connect and youth charity Redthread.
Mayor Johnson said: “I want every young Londoner to be able to feel safe on our city’s streets, and since 2012, we’ve made huge progress in driving down gang crime.
wfcwMet police accept plaque celebrating 31 per cent crime reduction
10 September 2015
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Council Leader Chris Robbins, Mayor of Waltham Forest Cllr Saima Mahmud, Cllr Liaquat Ali, interim borough commander Jackie Sebire and Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
Waltham Forest police have been praised for work that recorded a 31 per cent reduction in overall crime last year.
Sir Bernard praised Waltham Forest’s gangs programme, the newly-launched One Stop Shop for domestic violence victims and the Prevent agenda, which is designed to combat radicalisation and extremism. He said: “There’s been a huge amount achieved; 30 per cent less burglary, halving in theft of motor vehicles, a strong detection rate for domestic violence – the second highest in London, which is a fantastic achievement.”
Council Leader Chris Robbins said the award was a way to say thank you to the police for their hard work over the years. “And, the borough recorded a 31 per cent reduction in overall crime last year – the biggest fall in London, which is absolutely exceptional.”
The plaque reads: “In recognition of continued outstanding partnership working. Awarded on behalf of the residents of the borough for reducing crime and reducing the fear of crime.”
wfcw'Save our youth bus' say teens in estates plagued by gang violence in Leyton, Leytonstone and Walthamstow
18 November 2016
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A YOUTH club’s bus which gives teenagers from deprived areas a safe place to discuss their problems risks closing unless it can raise £10,000. Waltham Forest Council cut funding to Mobile Youth Venue, which has been running for eight years, earlier this year.
Due to dwindling cash, the bus has stopped going to Cathall Estate in Leytonstone, which is plagued by gang violence.
Worth Unlimited Operations Manager, Matt Perry, said: “We’ve been running this service for eight years now and with most of the council’s youth provision closing down over the past few years, the bus is more important and needed than ever.
wfcwCafe owner says it's 'absurd' that Wood Street in Walthamstow, plagued by gangs and litter, has been named best in UK
22 Nov 2016
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Enitan Akinde, who runs Old Station Yard Cafe, in Wood Street, Walthamstow, was left surprised when it won the Academy of Urbanism award.
She said: “There are gangs hanging outside betting shops and I am wary to leave my children out at night.  “The council keep on changing the plans for the street and now they are taking away the plaza. “The fountains come on in the summer and it is full of children playing and parents love it but now it is going.”
The winner was announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday, November 16. Graham Hodgkiss, who is chairman of Wood Street First, said gangs regularly hang outside of betting shops in Wood Street.
wfcwLondon police solving just 6% of household burglaries
16 September 2015
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Statistics reveal the Met solved only six per cent of the 46,259 break-ins in the capital in the last 12 months - less than four per cent of household burglaries in some parts of London, new figures show.
Labour Assembly policing spokeswoman Joanne McCartney said : “Obviously it’s seriously worrying if 96 per cent of burglaries are going unsolved in some boroughs
wfcwAlmost 80 per cent of crimes in Waltham Forest unsolved since 2010
16 April 2015
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Hundreds of rapes and thousands of assaults have been left unsolved over the last five years in Waltham Forest
Despite assurances from the Metropolitan Police that the borough is becoming safer, hundreds of people have been raped, assaulted and robbed in the borough without someone being caught and successfully prosecuted.
wfcwAverage of one knife crime every day in Waltham Forest
19 March 2015
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Police in the borough recorded 350 offences, including 144 stabbings.
The Met refused to reveal how many people had been killed by a knife in Waltham Forest, claiming releasing the information "could identify family members and cause them mental and/or physical harm."
wfcwDavid Lammy :  Labour Party party has lost touch with core working class voters and feels 'adrift from large parts of Britain' 
23 November 2014
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Mr Lammy writes: ‘By and large, modern Labour politicians come from liberal, professional backgrounds.  'They have benefited from globalisation – they mix in social circles with people who work in multinational firms, enjoy foreign travel and find diversity enriching.  ‘Much of Labour’s traditional electoral base does not feel this way… Immigration becomes swept up in this story.
wfcwLondon criminals reason for unsolved crimes
8 May 2015
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Police commander Denise Morrissey has claimed criminals travelling from London are to blame for more than four in every five crimes going unsolved.
wfcwAlmost 80 per cent of crimes in Waltham Forest unsolved since 2010
16 April 2015
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Hundreds of rapes and thousands of assaults have been left unsolved over the last five years in Waltham Forest
Despite assurances from the Metropolitan Police that the borough is becoming safer, hundreds of people have been raped, assaulted and robbed in the borough without someone being caught and successfully prosecuted.
A Freedom of Information request has revealed that since 2010, 79.5 per cent of all crimes in the borough were classified as undetected.
In the last five years detectives have failed to close 98,894 cases ranging from murder to burglary and fraud to violent attacks.
In Waltham Forest there have been 511 unsolved rape cases, as well as four murders, almost 6,000 assaults and 5,540 robberies since 2010.
A total of 9,982 crimes relating to household burglaries went unsolved, as were 856 sexual assaults.
Those responsible for 5,148 assaults have also not been brought to justice.
Waltham Forest is in the top ten London boroughs for unsolved crimes during the same period, behind Islington with 110,288, Enfield with 94,141 and Haringey with 98,570.
Barnet had the highest number of undetected cases, with 81.6 per cent of crimes remaining unsolved.
wfcwPolice: 'We'll tackle those who commit crime more robustly'
17 April 2015
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Police have said they are “dedicated” to caring for victims after an investigation revealed that almost 80 per cent of crimes in Waltham Forest have not been solved in the last five years.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “The MPS continues to develop new measures to improve outcomes for crime including the re-allocation of officers from back-office duties to front-line policing and providing Neighbourhood Policing Teams with over 2,500 more officers as part of last year's Local Policing Model, enabling them to investigate lower level volume crimes.
“In addition, crime and anti-social behaviour continues to fall as we look to provide the most effective impact on crime by focusing on those offenders causing the greatest harm to the public.
“What's important is to ensure that we have fewer victims and that we are keeping as many people as safe as possible.
"We are also dedicated to caring for victims, and this includes handling their reports of crime with integrity, professionalism, courage and compassion and tackling those who commit crime robustly.
wfcwGangs Unite
Website
Gangs Unite CIC is a non profit organisation that focuses on providing engaging platforms and interactive support to young people most at risk of anti-social behavior, gang culture, and the wider youth community, by providing opportunities to make the most of their current situation, divert those in need and provide pathways to continued education, further training or job opportunities. Gang’s Unite is driven by its vision and mission, with a primary focus to deliver a quality service for young people, the community and its partners.
wfcw'Escalation' of knife crime in Waltham Forest
Sheridan Mangal says knife crime has increased in the last three months
24 March 2015
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Sheridan Mangal, chairman of A Better Way Partnership (ABWP), works closely with police and the council and is regularly updated on serious incidents.  He said there has been an upturn in knife crime in the last three months and has raised concerns with the Met.
It comes after the Guardian last week revealed there was an average of nearly one knife crime reported in the borough every day last year.  There were 144 stabbings in total, with London's Ambulance Service attending 92 weapon-related incidents.  Almost half of the victims were aged 24 and under.
Mr Mangal said:   "Knife-crime activity has increased over the last quarter and I have raised this with the MPS.   "Safety is a key concern for residents in Waltham Forest. 
However, according to Waltham Forest police, there was a reduction in knife crime by 7.3 per cent in 2014.   Waltham Forest Chief Superintendent Jackie Sebire, said: "Knife crime in Waltham Forest is decreasing.  The council's cabinet member for community safety and cohesion cllr Liaquat Ali MBE, said: "The Metropolitan Police has indicated a fall in knife crime.   
wfcwKnife crime figures misleading - gang worker - Colin James of Gangs Unite does not believe knife crime is falling
27 March 2015
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A former gang member who now works to prevent violence has said police claims knife crime is falling "have no bearing  on reality".
A disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act revealed there was an average of nearly one knife crime reported every day in Waltham Forest last year.
Sheridan Mangal, chairman of A Better Way Partnership (ABWP) which works closely with police and the council to tackle gang violence, said there had been an escalation in violence in recent months.
But the police and council still insisted knife crime had fallen, pointing to official statistics which show a 7.3 per cent decrease.
However Colin James, of Gangs Unite, a non-for-profit organisation which intervenes to prevent violence in Waltham Forest, said many incidents go unreported as victims do not notify police or seek treatment.  The 45-year-old said: “It is seen as a weakness to go to hospital.  "You must bear it yourself and bandage it yourself, like in the movies
wfcwDaivd Lammy :  Labour Party party has lost touch with core working class voters and feels 'adrift from large parts of Britain' 
23 November 2014
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Mr Lammy writes: ‘By and large, modern Labour politicians come from liberal, professional backgrounds.  'They have benefited from globalisation – they mix in social circles with people who work in multinational firms, enjoy foreign travel and find diversity enriching.  ‘Much of Labour’s traditional electoral base does not feel this way… Immigration becomes swept up in this story.
Mr Lammy added that most top Labour politicians come from Liberal, professional backgrounds so saw only the good side of immigration - while the working classes lost out on school places and jobs. 'In short, people feel that globalisation is benefiting others, but not them.
This is what Ukip is tapping into – and Labour has to have an answer.’
wfcw49% rise in long-term unemployment for BME young people since 2010, Labour outline plan to address this
11 March 2015
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This comes after figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that since 2010 the number of BAME people aged between 18-24 has risen by 49%.
Labour’s focus on BAME unemployed will be part of their wider promise to to guarantee every young person out of work for over a year and claiming benefits a paid job and training.
Labour are today pledging that they will help to get 3,200 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) young people who are currently unemployed into work.
wfcwAverage of one knife crime every day in Waltham Forest
19 March 2015
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Police in the borough recorded 350 offences, including 144 stabbings.
The Met refused to reveal how many people had been killed by a knife in Waltham Forest, claiming releasing the information "could identify family members and cause them mental and/or physical harm."
There were two reported stabbings within 24 hours  in Walthamstow this week.
Borough Commander for Waltham Forest Chief Superintendent Mark Collins has been approached to comment.
Comment
Wed 18 Mar 15, billmcfinn says...
At least crime is falling according to the warped statistics of the police after they have gone through the police mangling shredder.
But the police and council still insist knife crime had fallen, pointing to official statistics which show a 7.3 per cent decrease.
wfcwStabbings in Walthamstow
18 March 2015
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Man fighting for life after being stabbed in car. The victim, in his 20s, was attacked in Borwick Avenue in Walthamstow on Monday evening (March 16). A 23-year-old man was arrested in the Essex area on Tuesday (March 17) in connection with the attack.
A number of men have been stabbed in the borough since the beginning of the year, with six reported cases.
A man was stabbed in the chest and arms in Coppermill Lane in February, just hours before another man was chased into a shop and stabbed in Leytonstone High Road.   Also, in February, three men were hospitalised with knife injuries after an incident outside Tesco in Forest Road and a man was stabbed in the back while cycling through Walthamstow later that week.
wfcwSecond reported E17 stabbing in 24 hours
18 March 2015
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Last night a man in his 30s was treated for leg injuries by paramedics at the scene in Gaywood Road, Walthamstow.
An Ambulance service spokeswoman said they were called to reports of a stabbing at 8.20 pm.  She said:  "He was taken to hospital as a priority."
This latest attack comes the day after a man in his 20s, was left in a critical condition after being stabbed in his car in nearby Borwick Avenue on Monday.

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Wed 18 Mar 15, billmcfinn says...
At least crime is falling according to the warped statistics of the police after they have gone through the police mangling shredder.
wfcwWaltham Forest hate crime up by a quarter
20 February 2015
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Hate crimes including discrimination against a person's race and sexuality have risen across Waltham Forest new figures have shown
Last year there was a 24 per cent increase in reports of crimes with race, sexuality, disability or age perceived as the motivating factor.
wfcwSeveral of our councillors have close links with the young ethnic community which they represent.
What are they doing to counter the gang culture that is ruining many young lives, to include them within our mainstream society?
wfcwBorough Commander Mark Collins, Waltham Forest police: there has been an increase in gang-related activity including serious youth violence across the borough.
2nd August 2014
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He says the on-going activity is a 'spin off' to the arrests which took place in terms of a suspected turf war or people filling the gap in drug dealing.
wfcw72 police posts in Waltham Forest have been left unfilled - latest Met figures
10 September 2014
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Data showing vacancies in London show the borough was in the top three for unfilled posts.
London assembly member for north east London, Jennette Arnold, revealed the figures yesterday and claimed police could be holding off from employing new officers to keep costs down
wfcwTen teenagers have been arrested after police investigate a 'growing criminal network' across Walthamstow and Hackney
11 February 2015
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Teenagers suspected of committing robberies were arrested in dawn raids across Walthamstow and Hackney yesterday.
Warrants were executed at the homes of ten teenagers, between the ages of 15 and 17, in a joint operation. The teens, six boys and four girls, were taken into custody on suspicion of robbery, actual bodily harm and theft.
The operation saw officers from Hackney's Serious Acquisitive Crime, Safer Neighbourhoods Teams and Waltham Forest borough execute ten search warrants.
wfcwDrug dealers ambushed and stabbed to death in a 79 second attack in Leytonstone
28 November 2014
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On March 1, shortly before 1am, the two men were lured into a trap and their Ford Fiesta was boxed in by four other cars in a street in Montague Road, Leytonstone.    Aaron Carriere, 21, and Josiah Manful, 20, were attacked by a gang acting like “a pack of wild animals”. Carriere was a successful trader in heroin and crack while Manful sold drugs and second hand cars. Seven men are on trial for the killing but a total of eleven may have been involved, the court heard.
wfcwFrom Reluctant Gangsters,
John Pitts 2007

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"As far as they are concerned we don’t exist, and even if we do, we are just some kind of problem that won’t go away.
I sometimes think the best thing we could do would be to go out and vote and demand that our politicians listen to what’s happening to us."
Gang members thought that vocational training was purposeful and that the achievement of a trade qualification could offer a way out of crime and the gang.

Will a young person having neither skills nor qualification have a career, or the possibility of one?
What is the role of the council in providing said skills and qualifications?

 
wfcwLeyton Orient Footballers call   for more transparency and education over knife crime
31 October 2014 
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Police, schools and local authorities must become more transparent about knife crime in order to target the rising number of people carrying weapons, according to Anti-Knife Crime UK non-for profit group tackling the issue.
Almost every week young men from Waltham Forest appear in court charged with possession of a blade. Most months there are reported stabbings in the borough.
Danny O'Brien, founder of Anti-Knife Crime UK has spoken out about how these attacks should be spoken about in schools and to the wider community to be able to stamp out the problem.
 
lbwfEnough is Enough is Waltham Forest Council's innovative gangs programme set up to address gang culture in the borough.
wEnough is Enough Background
Enough is Enough - background
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Despite being classed as an ‘outer London’ borough– and receiving less by way of police resources than neighbouring boroughs like Hackney or Newham – the spectre of gang crime has cast the same kind of pall over our neighbourhoods as in the most deprived elsewhere in the UK.
The four themes of the programme
Family Partnership Team
The Community Partnership
Enforcement
Early years intervention
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Iain Duncan Smith MPThe riots across England during 2011 forced the middle classes to acknowledge social problems faced by those living in poverty. The unrest was a wake-up call for those who “remained unaware of the true nature of life on some of our estates. Mr Duncan Smith, who was the first minister to connect the riots with the problems of drugs, gangs and welfare dependency, also said many were shocked “when the inner city finally came to call”
Iain Duncan Smith, September 2011
An interim report on the 2011 English riotsAn interim report on the 2011 English riots
Will riots happen again? The answer is quite possibly ‘yes’. This is why we need to work together to develop ideas which deal not only with the symptoms of the riots but with the deep-seated causes of dissatisfaction beneath. Now must be the time for leaders, national and local, to commit to build strong, resilient and thriving local communities where no one feels the urge to take such destructive action ever again.
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Gangs UniteGangs Unite CIC is a non profit organisation that focuses on providing engaging platforms and interactive support to young people most at risk of anti-social behavior, gang culture, and the wider youth community
wGangs Unite, Walthamstow
Gangs uniteIain Duncan Smith to help voluntary organisation Gangs Unite find more business opportunities for young people
13th May 2013
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MP Iain Duncan Smith during a visit to the new office of Gangs Unite
Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith announced he will push for more business and sport opportunities for young people escaping gang culture after visiting the new offices of a gang mediation organisation.
The work and pensions secretary is patron of Gangs Unite, a community interest company based in South Grove, Walthamstow, which mentors around 60 to 70 young people through sport and performing arts.
Waltham Forest Council provided the offices for the volunteer-run organisation after it previously worked on the streets of the borough, and Duncan Smith came to visit the new base on Friday.
He said: “I am very proud to be a patron of Gangs Unite. They are a remarkable new organisation which has been very effective in helping to pull gang members out and offer them an alternative to a life of crime.
“I’m trying to help them now to get more links with football clubs – I’m talking to Tottenham [Hotspur FC] to see what they can do.”
He was reminded of the talented youth of the borough when 20-year-old Aaron Samuels presented him with a drawing of the politician, while another young man proudly told him he had just secured an internship at a London stockbroker firm.
Duncan Smtih added: “What a life change that is. It’s really good news. I’m looking at how we could provide more business links for the group, I think that’s important.
“Colin James is excellent at what he does and I believe that he can make a real difference to youth violence in the local area if we give him enough resources.”
Gangs UniteGangs Unite
Website
Gangs Unite CIC is a non profit organisation that focuses on providing engaging platforms and interactive support to young people most at risk of anti-social behavior, gang culture, and the wider youth community, by providing opportunities to make the most of their current situation, divert those in need and provide pathways to continued education, further training or job opportunities. Gang’s Unite is driven by its vision and mission, with a primary focus to deliver a quality service for young people, the community and its partners.
IDSChingford MP Iain Duncan Smith’s visit Walthamstow Gangs Unite centre
9th May 2013
Gangs Unite, a community interest company based in South Grove, provides gang mediation, high-risk conflict resolution and mentoring through methods such as sport and performing arts.   The office, which is provided by the council, operates to support the young people most at risk of anti-social behaviour and gang culture.
Gangs Unite is run by Colin James who was a gang member in the 1980s and has served time in prison for armed robbery and GBH with intent.
The MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, who is Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has been patron of Gangs Unite since it opened in 2011.

 
A Better Way Partnership,
a Community interest Company 2014
From Reluctant Gangsters,
John Pitts 2007
Sheridan Mangal: ABWP contributes to the shape and form of Waltham Forest’s gang prevention programme aka “Enough is Enough”, but after 3 years is there an awareness of the programme and is it having the desired effect at street-level, for the intended beneficiaries?
WFGuardian 11Jun14 ...
ABWP
"As far as they are concerned we don’t exist, and even if we do, we are just some kind of problem that won’t go away.
I sometimes think the best thing we could do would be to go out and vote and demand that our politicians listen to what’s happening to us."
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GangsQuestions over anti-gang programme
30th September 2013
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The effectiveness of Waltham Forest’s gang prevention programme has been questioned after an independent assessment revealed shortcomings in crucial areas.
The Enough is Enough initiative has received praise at national level for work to tackle gang culture and a recent report to a council scrutiny committee claimed it was working successfully to reduce violent crime.
But an independent report commissioned by the council, which has been seen by the Guardian, claims data on the programme has not been collected efficiently enough to give a clear picture of performance.
Diverse voicesDiverse Voices
6th June 2013
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Diverse Voices, based in Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, has only been in existence since 2009 but already has plans to set up a drama school in central London and is about to launch a dance school nearer to home as it tries to help young people avoid becoming victims of gang culture.

wfcwThe Soul Project Family Activity Centre
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The Soul Project is a unique venue based in Walthamstow, East London that brings together different organisations, programmes and projects under a single roof for the benefit of young people and their parents. Our main aim is to engage young people in postive activites to prevent social exclusion and promote social inclusion.

 
wfcwGirls in gangs leading desperate lives, says report
23 March 2014
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The report says female gang members are being pressured into having sex with boys as young as 10 to initiate males into gangs
Girls in gangs are leading "desperate lives" in which "rape is used as a weapon and carrying drugs and guns is seen as normal", a think tank has said.
The Centre for Social Justice said the "daily suffering" of thousands of women and girls "goes largely unnoticed".
wfcwFrom Reluctant Gangsters,
John Pitts 2007

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"As far as they are concerned we don’t exist, and even if we do, we are just some kind of problem that won’t go away.
I sometimes think the best thing we could do would be to go out and vote and demand that our politicians listen to what’s happening to us."
Gang members thought that vocational training was purposeful and that the achievement of a trade qualification could offer a way out of crime and the gang.
 
Reluctant Gangsters (2007), Breaking Down the Walls of Silence (2007)
John PittsReluctant Gangsters, John Pitts 2007 | Read the Guardian report
John Pitts said: “It appears that gang-affected families don’t feel that their concerns are represented, or their predicament understood, by politicians and policy makers. As far as they are concerned we don’t exist, and even if we do, we are just some kind of problem that won’t go away.” Pitts went on to say: "I think their parents are too stretched with trying just to make a living. They haven’t got time to care."
Professor CantilleThe Institute of Community Cohesion Report, 2007. Breaking down the walls of silence
Professor Ted Cantle said: “Many members of the Muslim communities feel unrepresented by the Council and isolated from other statutory agencies: although there are 12 Muslim Councillors, they are all associated with the same Mosque and come from the same part of the Community. “
The report continues: “Similarly, Council officials from the Muslim communities are perceived by many to be partisan, and we understand that some have been placed under inappropriate pressure by Councillors or other members of their own communities.”
 
oecdOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
One in six adults in Britain now has a literacy level below that expected of an 11-year-old.
In 2013 the OECD found that England's 16–24-year-olds have literacy levels no better than their grandparents' generation.
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niaceNational Institute of Adult Continuing Education
NIACE initial response to latest OECD report. read ...
 
LSEYouth Participation in Democratic Life
LSE Final Report, February 2013
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There is a clear lack of opportunity and political inclusion amongst some young people who are systemically excluded (through poverty, unemployment, linguistic, ethnic or social integration, etc.).
"young people do not believe that politicians sufficiently address their concerns. This could be improved either by political parties making an effort to take youth concerns more seriously, or through the direct elections of young people representatives which would force a campaign on youth-relevant issues."
 
lbwfLondon Borough of Waltham Forest, Local Economic Assessment
November 2010, Navigant Consulting

In Waltham Forest skills levels are very low, as in most of EastLondon. Waltham Forest ranks 377th out of 408 local areas in Great Britain on overall skills and qualifications scores.
Males are more likely to be unemployed, and females are more likely to be economically inactive. Ethnic minorities are more likely to be effected by worklessness.
read the full report ...
 

A strong economy begins with a productive, well educated and trained workforce - Sario
 
GangWaltham Forest Council needs to connect with its many marginalised communities, some indigenous, others recently arrived. Council urgently needs a long term vision for its education and training strategy to replace the current political battleground of different ideologies, values and visions.
wMoving towards social exclusion inWaltham Forest
 
Moving towards social inclusion in South Africa
A young multi cultural choir from many different backgrounds singing 'Shosholoza,' a South African migrant workers' song.

Could a similar initiative work in Waltham Forest - to encouraget socially excluded gangs and other disadvantaged youth, mainly boys, get to know each other and work together in a positive manner?

Decidedly not, as we would necessarily have to include LGBT, Roma, Polish, Lithuanian, mixed race, those with disability ... Moreover, the choir consists only of boys and it would not accord with our equalities policy to exclude girls and only include soporano, alto, tenor and base choir members.
Moving towards social exclusion inWaltham Forest
Waltham Forest Council needs to connect with its many marginalised communities, some indigenous, others recently arrived.
Council urgently needs a long term vision for its education and training strategy to replace the current political battleground of different ideologies, values and visions.
Riot report reveals '500,000 forgotten families' - BBC March 2012
A lack of support and opportunity for young people contributed to the outbreak of riots in England last year, an independent report has concluded. Schools which fail to teach pupils to read and write should be fined, it said.
Beaumont Crew
Loyal Soldiers

MailOnline - report
Will a young person having neither skills nor qualification have a career, or the possibility of one?  What is the role of the council in providing said skills and qualifications?
 
Theresa May in Waltham Forest The Home Secretary Theresa May, MPs Iain Duncan-Smith and Stella Creasy, with Council Leader Chris Robbins, met at Leytonstone's Construction Skills Centre in Cathall Road, where ex-gang members have been learning trades.
wHome Secretary Theresa May praises borough's gang action programme
8th July 2013
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A gang initiative in the borough has been roundly praised following a high-powered visit last week.
The Home Secretary Theresa May, MPs Iain Duncan-Smith and Stella Creasy, with Council Leader Chris Robbins, met last Thursday at Leytonstone's Construction Skills Centre in Cathall Road, where ex-gang members have been learning trades.
Sitting down with councillors, officers, police representatives, programme providers, former gang members and people whose lives has been affected by gang violence the visit was to demonstrate what the borough is doing to help vulnerable people back into education, training and work.
After the visit the Home Secretary said: “Gang violence has a devastating impact on communities. We need to change the lives of young people before they get sucked into a life of violence and crime.
"This project in Waltham Forest is an excellent example of the work being done at a local level to provide vulnerable youngsters with a way out of trouble.”
The centre provides people with practical skills needed to work in the construction industry, including steel fixing, paving, flooring and roofing.
Iain Duncan Smith, who has a history of working with the borough’s gangs and is the patron of Gangs Unite, said: “We had a really productive meeting with the Home Secretary – it was great for her to meet some of the people on the ground such as Colin James from Gangs Unite.
“She was very interested in the work Colin has been doing – he has been instrumental in helping to pull young boys in Waltham Forest out of gangs and showing them an alternative way of life.”
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions added that early intervention and enforcement gives young boys growing up on estates with no male role models a way of doing something productive with their lives.
Gangs Unite is a community interest company based in South Grove, Walthamstow, which mentors around 70 young people through sport and performing arts.
Councillor Robbins said: “This visit by the Home Secretary helps shine a light on the work we’re doing to tackle the issue of gangs.”
He said in the past year gang violence in Waltham Forest amongst 10 to 19 year olds had almost halved.
The council also runs a program call Enough is Enough which attempts to address gang issues by working with whole families.

 

Will a young person having neither skills nor qualification have a career, or the possibility of one?
What is the role of the council in providing said skills and qualifications?

 
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© Navigant Consulting (Europe) Limited. All rights reserved December 2010. This document is expressly provided to and solely for the use of London Borough of Waltham Forest and must not be quoted from, referred to, used by or distributed to any other party without the prior consent of Navigant Consulting (Europe) Ltd who accepts no liability of whatsoever nature for any use by any other party.
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