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Gangs against violence workshop 8.5.24

On Thursday 9th May we will be visited by Martin Guest from GAV – Growing Against Violence who will be running a workshop for parents from 5pm – 6pm in our KS1 hall.

 

This session celebrates the fact that most young people lead positive lives. The sessions will be exploring issues, discussing valuable information and practical strategies relating to social media, sexting, online grooming, gangs, and serious youth violence. This workshop offers parents and carers an opportunity to meet other parents/carers, allowing them to share and discuss concerns.

 

I have been fortunate enough to hear Martin speak before and really hope that many of you decide to come on Thursday. Many parents may be thinking that their children are too young to be at risk of gang violence. If your child is ever out of your sight, either at the park playing or walking to and from school alone then attending this session would be really valuable. The key audience is likely to be Year 4 parents and upwards but everyone is welcome, it is never too early to understand the risks.

 

You can visit their website at https://www.growingagainstviolence.org.uk/

 

AIMS:

  • To educate parents, carers and family members about how gangs work; focusing on how they recruit, groom and exploit children.
  • Provide the appropriate tools for parents/carers to prevent children becoming victims of violence and exploitation.
  • Assist parents/carers to understand the consequences of a young person choosing to carry a weapon.
  • To highlight the concept of exposing others online and how offline activity that may be coercive or even criminal can be linked to the threat of being exposed.
  • Highlight how online privacy is challenging and the over sharing information about yourself with the wrong people can lead to issues.
  • To raise awareness of how gangs promote and brand themselves on social media and the risks social media poses to all young people.

 

OBJECTIVES

  • Identify the risk factors that may indicate a young person is involved in gangs and gang culture.
  • Identify why a young person wishes to join a gang and the 'push' and 'pull' factors of gang association.
  • Identify the sensitive issues relating to social media, grooming, cyberbullying, gaming and the sending of inappropriate images.
  • Promote the use of critical thinking and careful thought for children in their online decision making.
  • To promote active parental engagement, boundary setting and the importance of collaboration between families, schools and communities.
  • To highlight referral pathways for young people affected by gang association and increase knowledge of the available support organisations that exist.

 

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Thursday’s session.

 

Kind regards

Mrs Lodge

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