Rebecca Joy Novell

The creation of a charity, from the very beginning.

Social Work needs to tackle gang issues on a community scale.

We all know that the journey from childhood to adulthood can, at times, be an incredibly difficult one. We struggle not only with authority, rules, boundaries, morality and social norms but also with our own identity.

Imagine then, added to this minefield, a scenario in which you live in a violent and gang-afflicted community.

From as far back as you can remember, on your way to and from school you have had to walk past older boys, some of whom you have heard have stabbed, shot and killed people. They scare you but you cannot avoid them. Everyone knows they run the estate and that is never going to change. Sometimes you see these boys beat up your friends. Sometimes they beat you up.

But as you’ve grown up, you have begun to notice that if you do what these boys ask of you, the less they beat you up and the easier your life becomes. You don’t always like what they ask you to do, but if it is a choice between keeping yourself and your family safe and transporting a small bag from one house to another, the decision is easy. For many young people in England, the descent in to gang life is marked by small but prudent steps.

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