With the launch of CIRV (Community Initiative for the Reduction of Violence), the police initiative, over the ROC Conversations, there was a particular focus on the challenges in our county relating to young people and gangs. This ended up being a strong focus from the Northampton North East mini-Conversation. There was input there from young people and teachers in particular that brought together a powerful picture. Here are some headlines:

  1. Young people tend to get recruited into gangs at the age of 11-12, much younger than most people thought.
  2. Sense of Belonging, money/poverty and low self-worth are key drivers for gang involvement.
  3. Teachers have a good feel for those individuals who are susceptible to gang involvement from a very early age.
  4. Young people experience high levels of pressure from peers that is hard for older people to understand, and many end up carrying knives to feel safe.

The result was that many in the Conversation felt a great deal of concern for our young people, and a greater sense of understanding of the world in which they live.
CIRV has been really successful in its impact, and ROC Northants has been proud to launch it. See more information here: https://www.aimonline.org.uk/CIRV/