Crime and Anti Social Behaviour
Through 1-2-1 mentoring, group work and community projects we are able to offer targeted interventions, working with young people involved in ASB or are on the cusp of criminal activity.
London Tigers works in entrenched inner city communities across many London boroughs. Through 1-2-1 mentoring, group work and community projects we are able to offer targeted interventions, working with young people involved in Anti Social Behaviour or are on the cusp of criminal activity. We have dedicated and experienced Youth Workers who are able to relate to and understand the dynamics of inner city youth culture and how wider factors such as peer pressure and a sense of needing to ‘belong’ can lead to young people affiliate with gang culture.
Youth crime and antisocial behaviour are complex social issues but the risk factors are well established. These include social and economic disadvantage, low educational attainment, poor social and emotional skills, living in a deprived area, poor parenting and poor parental mental health.
Our multi faceted sports programmes enables us to work with young people to reduce their involvement with crime and antisocial behaviour in the following ways:
- A ‘hook’ for other interventions; the range of sport and recreation activities we offer means that something will appeal to everyone and will sufficiently engage them to continue. By including life skills workshops alongside participation in sport and recreation programmes other risk factors can be addressed.
- A diversion from undertaking in criminal behaviour. From our own assessment and work with young people, seven in ten teenagers believe antisocial behaviour occurs because young people are bored, and six in ten say that there isn’t enough for young people to do in their area.
- Behaviour modification such as enhancing self-regulating abilities or developing problem-solving abilities. Where young people participate in recreational activities through our youth programme, adventurous activities such as climbing or gliding can also provide a positive avenue for expressing a desire to take risks (something which can drive antisocial behaviour and crime).
- Social inclusion. Sport and recreation can break down barriers between groups of people in a local area who might not otherwise engage, as the rules that govern sport and recreation are not based on faith or belief systems. Our Youth Workers and Peer Mentors provide positive role models for at risk young people and reaffirm participants importance in society.