Birmingham Young Peoples Diversion Project (UK)

Up to 60% of young offenders involved in crime have had at least one head injury (also known as an acquired brain injury) prior to committing their first crime.  Research also shows that multiple injuries lead to greater violence of the crimes committed. (Williams et al, 2010 and 2019).

Jonathan Jardine and Louise Wilkinson write:                                                        

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner are funding a Young People’s Diversion Project delivered by the Child Brain Injury Trust who would like to invite you to participate in this ground-breaking Project which is the first of its kind across the UK. There is NO CHARGE to participating in the project as the costs are covered by the funding from West Midlands PCC.

WHO SHOULD BE INVOLVED?

We are inviting experienced professionals to participate in the Project and relating Training. We wish to include anyone who works with, supports, influences or is involved with the education, health, well-being and support of the young people of Birmingham.

PROJECT AIMS

This funding for the Young Peoples Diversion Project from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner enables us to deliver the project aims:

    • Providing awareness and training on ABI across education, healthcare, social services and offending
    • To help reduce and divert young offenders affected by acquired brain injury (ABI) away from criminal pathways
    • Create a multi-agency preventative pathway for young vulnerable people affected by ABI in the Birmingham area.

BE INVOLVED

 Participants in the Project will have the opportunity to:

    • Complete a 45 minute online e-Learning session providing an overview of ABI and why young people affected have a higher risk of engaging in criminal behaviours
    • Attend a One Day (09:30 – 16:30) Workshop “Youth Justice or Rough Justice” , which aims to build upon the basic knowledge provided with the e-Learning, and understand the neurological and psychological impact of ABI, together with the links to criminal behaviour.  This will include:
      • Review of research supporting the links between young people affected by ABI and crime
      • Understanding how and why young people affected by an ABI may be more likely to be excluded from school
      • Practical activities to enable professionals to better understand the issues faced
      • Review of experiential case studies to discuss what could/should have been done at all points from Education through to sentencing (and beyond)
      • Practical strategies to support young people affected by ABI across different circumstances
      • Discuss the vulnerability of young people being radicalised, drawn into County Lines, and involvement in gun, knife and gang crimes
      • Consider how a cross agency pathway could be developed across Birmingham, to meet the aims of the project
    • Have optional participation on further ½ day Multi Agency Focus Group to develop the Diversionary Pathway for children and young people in Birmingham who are affected by ABI and are at risk of entering the criminal justice system.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE

Below are the dates for the One Day Workshops which will take place at Tally Ho Conference Centre, Pershore Road, Birmingham B5 7RN.  To book your place please click on the date and you will be taken to the information and reservations page.  Once registered you will receive full joining instructions together with the link to the online pre-learning session which MUST be viewed prior to attending the Workshop.

Full refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Birmingham Young Peoples Project

Day

Date

Month

Workshop 1

Thursday

24th

October

Workshop 2

Tuesday

29th

October

Workshop 3

Monday

4th

November

Workshop 4

Tuesday

5th

November

Workshop 5

Wednesday

13th

November

Workshop 6

Monday

25th

November

Workshop 7

Tuesday

3rd

December

Workshop 8

Monday

16th

December

Workshop 9

Thursday

16th

January

Workshop 10

Friday

31st

January

Workshop 11

Friday

7th

February

Workshop 12

Tuesday

11th

February

Workshop 13

Wednesday

12th

February

Workshop 14

Thursday

20th

February

We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity and reserve a place on one of the Workshops above.

Regards

Jonathan Jardine                                                           Louise Wilkinson

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