When childhood trauma goes undetected or untreated, that child may grow up reenacting that trauma over and over again in order to master it. A lot of what we deal with in our day-to-day jobs, is working with young people who are being violent in order to regain some kind of control over their lives and emotions, most doing so unconsciously.
I wish I could say that young people are exaggerating and not taking responsibility for their actions. But I hear on a daily basis numerous accounts of young people being assaulted, physically, sexually and emotionally abused, unsupervised, fearing for their lives daily within their local communities, experiencing poverty, exploitation, grooming, a lack of understanding from parents, ambivalence from teachers and strained relationships with the Police.
Hundreds of angry police officers together with former now retired colleagues, PCSOs and police staff have signed an open letter bitterly condemning both the damaging cutbacks to policing and the fact that these cutbacks have failed to become a major election issue.
In this general election year, politicians are in listening mode, so what message would Wheatle wish to transmit to them? Inequalities and confused messages about literacy would be at the top of the list.
Police have arrested a fifth teenage boy on suspicion of murder after a 52-year-old man was stabbed to death following a
Nearly 1,000 students have been caught with weapons in schools, including axes, stun guns and a meat cleaver, during the
The girl tweeted. She typed 140 characters - and while it's true battles have been lost and careers destroyed in so many characters, the day we lose sight what a tweet actually consists of is a sad and scary one indeed.
Taser use against children by the Metropolitan Police has risen nearly six-fold over four years, campaigners have revealed
Violence and the threat of violence is a grim reality for many of most marginalised young people in Britain and the Evening Standard deserves credit for demanding answers from the government. But are 'gangs' and 'gang culture' really the best way of understanding youth violence?
A young offenders' institution has been branded an "unacceptably violent place" - and the chief inspector of prisons says