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SOS builds BRAVE new futures

In November 2016 our SOS+ team started delivering the new and exciting programme BRAVE; Building Resilience Against Violence and Extremism. This is for groups of young people in secondary schools, Pupil Referral Units and Further Education colleges. The sessions are 2 hours and co-run with our partners Connect-Futures.

The first hour run by our team, focuses mainly on preventing gang exploitation. The aim of this is to create a cultural shift amongst young people by dismissing the common myths that glamorise gang life and expose the exploitation and grooming that are used to get young people to join them. Our team also speak about the realities of how girls are used and treated in gangs. A well-received key feature is the use of personal testimonies to really bring examples of how this can happen in real life. The potential impact of violent extremism and gang exploitation is an increasingly urgent element of standard safeguarding.

We were informed of the dangers of social media as it can be tool for radicalisation. I was shocked to learn of some of the most extreme political beliefs that certain people have in the videos that were shown. Put simply, it was very educational and helpful.”

‘Abdi, Secondary school student’

The second half run by Connect-Futures focuses on safeguarding against violent extremism, explaining the process of radicalism and disengagement. It focusses on recruiter techniques, including targeting and grooming.

Excitingly for us this programme is now Home Office approved. We have been asked to deliver 30 programs in London and Birmingham. So far, our SOS+ team have delivered 8 programs and very soon will be taking the first in Birmingham.