A new programme of awareness sessions is being launched in Dudley this week, to help parents tackle youth violence and radicalisation.
West Midlands-based charity, First Class Foundation is partnering with Dudley MBC Parenting Service and Here4Youth to deliver the six-month project, which is being made available to parents and guardians in Dudley.
The service is being funded by the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit and will help parents to better understand youth issues including social media, gangs, social exclusion, radicalisation and the use of weapons.
First Class Foundation will deliver a combination of face-to-face and virtual sessions, with parents able to choose from morning and evening time slots.
There will also be workshops facilitated by Here4Youth and Dudley MBC Parenting Service offering practical parenting strategies and an advice line for parents who wish to discuss their situation further.
The programme follows a successful six-week pilot project, delivered by First Class Foundation earlier this year.
Sabrina Dennis, Chief Executive of First Class Foundation, said:
“Parents are faced with all kinds of challenges and it can often be difficult to know where to turn to for help.
This project is all about empowering parents by providing the education and support they need. They can learn more about the dangers of social media for example or why young people may join gangs or become radicalised. By better understanding the pressures that young people are experiencing, parents are better placed to deal with them.”
First Class Foundation specialises in engaging with parents, carers and young people from BAME communities. It delivers services on behalf of West Midlands Combined Authority, the Youth Justice Board and youth offending services across the West Midlands, including a new project focused on reducing serious youth violence.
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