A mother who works with young people has some advice to give, particularly for girls: "I think for me when it comes to girls, self-love is the most important thing. And as long as you have that self-love and respect for yourself, the right things will come, if that makes sense. You will make the right decision."
One thing we discovered in talking to young people is some people would not talk to their parents. But knowing you are falling deeper into danger and not being able to talk to someone is a burden. Carrying this burden all by yourself can have an impact on your own mental health too. In this soundbite a mother gives her [...]
This is the story of a mother who had the feeling her son had been stabbed. ".... I didn't see the stabbing but I knew it was going to happen before it even happened. Because I saw the movement. Yeah, I saw the movement so... and he run off so I didn't know where he was. And then I called [...]
A young person who has been through the system gives some hard-won advice about how to follow your dreams. "I'm going to be honest with you it's really hard. But it's more of a focus it's more about yourself. So when you're focused on what you want and what goals you're trying to achieve and whatever, when you're on your [...]
Doreen from Elevated Minds talks about how mutual respect comes from both sides showing respect.
Rose from Campaign against Exclusion talks about how once a student is labelled as being in a PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) can not only affect how they see themselves but can also affect how other student see them
Rose, a young person campaigning against school exclusions points out that young people who are sent to a PRU often feel labelled and once put on record as having attended a PRU may feel that it is already too late.
".....of a child that they were finding difficult" Joseph Duncan of Youth Futures comments on how schools are keen to get rid of what they see as a problem, but the child is left out of the equaation, without being given the opportunity or space to work out what it is that they need. This is part of a longer [...]
Doreen from Elevated Minds talks about how exclusion from schools can be a self-perpetuating problem because of parents' own negative experiences with education. How do you move forwards from this situation? Rose, a young person from the Schools Exclusions Campaign, run by 'Just for Kids', recounts her experience on a panel where she listened to account after account where children [...]
Chris asks young people at Bede Youth Adventure Project what can be done to help stop knife crime. The children ask for more funding for youth clubs and education to tell people that once you get involved in gangs and knife crime you can never get away from it.