Founded on principles of protection, prevention and partnership

GAV is a public health and public safety programme, delivering evidence based preventative education sessions. It provides a continuum of engagement, with age appropriate sessions delivered universally to students in school years 6 through to 10  (age range approx. 10 – 15).

GAV works for public benefit to reduce the impact of gangs, peer on peer abuse and both gang and group behaviour on the lives of young people and, by extension, their families and communities. It is based upon on principles of ‘protection’, ‘prevention’ and ‘partnership’. It seeks to protect young people at risk of association with gangs, crime, violence and exploitation; prevent their entry into gangs, gang life and abusive relationships by allowing them to make informed decisions; and works through partnerships of trust and confidence with schools and young people themselves to address these issues. It does this work through the provision of public health and public safety programmes, delivering evidence-based preventative education sessions to students. Such programmes are intended for the benefit of young people, their parents, schools and the wider community, and are conceived and delivered in partnership with police and other organisations.

In order to ensure authenticity in dialogue with a young audience, and the maximum likelihood of prevention and protection being successful, these programmes depend upon academic evidence of ‘what works’. For this reason GAV commissions and collaborates in evidence based research and research synthesis on law enforcement, criminal justice and public health issues relating to young peoples’ involvement in gangs, crime and violence. Further, it publishes, or causes to be published, the results of this work for the widest possible benefit. In this endeavour it works in partnership with academic researchers, police forces, policy-makers and service delivery agencies where necessary to provide rigour to its programmes and guidance.

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What We Do

Preventative Education

GAV is preventative – Educating young people, allowing them to make informed decisions. G.A.V. intervenes early. It is cost effective and by reducing future demand, eases the financial burden in times of austerity. It facilitates the identification of young people at risk and encourages early intervention by others.

Safeguarding

GAV is protective – Highly sensitive disclosures are common and safeguarding is paramount. G.A.V.’s facilitators and designated teachers are fully supported. Delivery is Borough based, working closely with Local Authorities and Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (L.S.C.B.s) to identify referral pathways, signpost support and identify emerging trends. Teachers’ awareness of warning signs of abuse and exploitation are raised alongside their confidence in responding to such difficult issues. Young people are given strategies that facilitate positive peer support and community intelligence is proactively shared with partners to improve the safety of young people.

GAV ‘s Designated Safeguarding Officers have all received NSPCC Level Three Safeguarding Training which is CPD Certified.

Facilitation

GAV is delivering – GAV’s elite group of facilitators come from a diverse range of backgrounds from within public, private and Third  Sector organisations. The GAV team reflects the diversity of the communities in which it provides sessions and boasts an impressive roster of experienced practitioners. GAV facilitators include current and former, Youth Workers, Published Academics, Safeguarding Managers, High Ranking MET Police Officers, Safer Schools Police Officers, School Teachers, SEN/ EDB Learning Assistants, Supervised Contact Workers, FGC Co-Ordinators, Training & Outreach Practitioners, Pastoral Leads, CSE Practitioners and many more.

What We Do

Preventative Education

GAV is preventative – Educating young people, allowing them to make informed decisions. G.A.V. intervenes early. It is cost effective and by reducing future demand, eases the financial burden in times of austerity. It facilitates the identification of young people at risk and encourages early intervention by others.

Safeguarding

GAV is protective – Highly sensitive disclosures are common and safeguarding is paramount. G.A.V.’s facilitators and designated teachers are fully supported. Delivery is Borough based, working closely with Local Authorities and Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (L.S.C.B.s) to identify referral pathways, signpost support and identify emerging trends. Teachers’ awareness of warning signs of abuse and exploitation are raised alongside their confidence in responding to such difficult issues. Young people are given strategies that facilitate positive peer support and community intelligence is proactively shared with partners to improve the safety of young people.

GAV ‘s Designated Safeguarding Officers have all received NSPCC Level Three Safeguarding Training which is CPD Certified.

Facilitation

GAV is delivering – GAV’s elite group of facilitators come from a diverse range of backgrounds from within public, private and Third  Sector organisations. The GAV team reflects the diversity of the communities in which it provides sessions and boasts an impressive roster of experienced practitioners. GAV facilitators include current and former, Youth Workers, Published Academics, Safeguarding Managers, High Ranking MET Police Officers, Safer Schools Police Officers, School Teachers, SEN/ EDB Learning Assistants, Supervised Contact Workers, FGC Co-Ordinators, Training & Outreach Practitioners, Pastoral Leads, CSE Practitioners and many more.

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