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August 19th, 2011

The ‘feds’ came…

We have been covering a session at the Bede I mentioned it in a previous blog this was our last week. This has been a brilliant opportunity to get to know some more young people and work with a local partner. We have run a variety of sessions, on Drugs and Alcohol education, aspirations, employment and we have had a sports session. The Police came down to this Wednesdays session, it was interesting to see the reactions of the young people.

Relationships between some young people and the Police can be full of tension, I would say of the that say for 50% of the young people I meet, they have a ‘probem’ with the Police, potentially based on personal experience, for 45% they feel pressured to have a problem with the Police by the 50% and then for 5% they simply don’t mind! I should add this is not based on scientific research rather a youth workers hunch!

It was interesting to watch the young people and the Police talking, there is clearly a mis-trust from both sides and this bridge needs to be built and the meeting on Wednesday goes someway to doing that but I think part of the answer has to be about making the Police more human ‘who is under the riot suit?’ I am not sure really how to make this dialogue happen, I accept that this is not my responsibility or the Canaan Project’s nationally!!! But I do feel like we have some responsibility on the Teviot we need to work out a way to help young people and Police talk, and breakdown some of the barriers and build the bridge. Watch this space…