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PRESS RELEASE: Sabrina Dennis to speak at Youth Justice Board forum

 PRESS RELEASE: Sabrina Dennis to speak at Youth Justice Board forum

Sabrina Dennis to speak at Youth Justice Board forum

First Class Foundation chief executive, Sabrina Dennis, is to address delegates at the Youth Justice Board’s ‘Developing Practice Forum’ in the Midlands this month (July 2021).


The session will discuss First Class Foundation’s successful delivery of Kitchen Table Talks, a series of community based, parental peer support networks, which encourage parents and carers to engage in meaningful dialogue.


Sabrina will present details of how the charity has developed Kitchen Table Talks from a six-month self-funded pilot in 2017, into an established vehicle for tackling issues including youth violence, knife crime and county lines.


Kitchen Table Talks is currently being delivered by First Class Foundation in partnership with seven Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) in the West Midlands as part of the Youth Justice Board’s regional ‘pathfinder’ project.


Developing Practice Forums are youth justice sector events held quarterly in seven regional localities in England. They bring together YOTs, operational and team managers and specialist workers from across the sector, to provide a medium for direct engagement and collaboration with the youth justice system.


The forums allow access to first-hand information and the opportunity to identify key issues and emerging trends that can inform policy and strategy.


Sabrina Dennis said: “I’m really honoured and excited to have been asked to speak at the forthcoming Developing Practice Forum. It’s an ideal opportunity to share the journey we have taken through Kitchen Table Talks in the last four years and expose the programme to a larger audience. We’ve enjoyed considerable success in providing a bridge between

communities and YOTs in our region and have also helped to explore and share solutions to some of the toughest issues that YOTs are facing. Ultimately we want to help to shape policy decisions in the youth justice sector and support even more young people, families and carers.”


First Class Foundation supports young people 13-25 to tackle youth violence, build mental health resilience and connect them to their purpose by exposing them to new opportunities.


Kitchen Table Talks has been delivered to almost 700 families across the Midlands, achieving a 99% satisfaction rate and reducing repeat referrals by 6.7.


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Notes to editors


First Class Foundation is a West Midlands-based charity that specialises in tackling youth violence and building mental health resilience. We are proud to help connect young people aged 13-25 to their purpose by introducing them to new opportunities. We are passionate about challenging the over representation and under representation of BAME young people in key sectors including, mental health, criminal justice and education.


Kitchen Table Talks is a platform that facilitates community-based, parental peer support networks that tackles issues including youth violence, knife crime and county lines. It is powered by First Class Foundation. For more information, please visit



For more information please contact Paul King of Barques on 07779241838, or email


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