The Walsall College EUGANGS 90 hour VET course took place between April 2015 and February 2016. The pilot course achieved many successes and provided many lessons encapsulated in the documents below.
This VET programme report describes the process and outcomes of the pilot, and recommendations for those wishing to deliver the Open College Network Certificate in Working with Gangs and Youth Violence qualification – view report here
These case studies illustrate how participants engaged with the content of the course:
Interpersonal communication – In this case study, Ray Walters describes a situation he has found himself in as a youth worker, and reflects on what was happening in that situation in the light of what he has learned about emotional intelligence on the course. – view case study here
Psychology – This case study illustrates how a video of Albert Bandura’s ‘bobo doll’ experiment was used to encourage students to consider the influence adult behaviour has on the developing brain of the child. – view case study here
Safe working – In this case study, James Lawlor and Chris Clacken respond to an assignment scenario, deploying former knowledge about safe working, along with what they have learned from trainers and fellow students. – view case study here
Social factors – This case study illustrates how Eve Phillips, a domestic abuse education advisor with Sandwell Women’s Aid, made the link between social theories covered on the course and her understanding of gang behaviour. – view case study here
Social media – In this case study, Anne Ross describes a series of raps posted by a local gang in Sandwell, known as AWOL. The videos enabled the youth offending team to gain information on the gang, which informed their interventions. The raps themselves tell the story of the gang’s evolution, and display real talent. – view case study here