Harry* is at college studying engineering and pursuing a career just like any other 16 year old. However, not so long ago he was in an out of custody due to the fact he was being criminally exploited in a gang.
Harry’s young life took a downturn when his older brother was murdered. This had a profound effect on Harry and – along with many other young people we work with – left him dealing with trauma and anxiety.
Our caseworker built a trusted relationship with Harry, arranging regular meetings with him and offering consistent support to help get his young life back on track. Many hours of patient, persistent work with Harry, his mum and the youth offending team got underway to ensure he was safe and that any warning signs – such as missing episodes or coming home late – were identified and acted upon.
Harry’s caseworker arranged for him to attend sessions which tackled the root causes of his behaviour and he learned about the risks associated with carrying offensive weapons and to recognise the signs of exploitation.
For Harry, this was also a chance to explore, with a trusted professional, his options for the future.
With an exemplary attendance record at the sessions, Harry’s future life began to take shape and he was accepted into college to study engineering and applied for his provisional driving license. Since working with the team at St Giles, Harry has moved away from the gangs.
Harry’s mum is forever grateful to the guidance provided by St Giles: I am very happy with St Giles. His caseworker has always been supportive and helped. She listens and I am very grateful for all the support she has given to us.’
*Name changed to protect identity