Language, Dress Code and the Prison Estate

Language is an important feature in our day-to-day, we must always be aware of the assumptions we make when using words such as 'appropriate', as they leave much to the imagination.


Supporting Staff Who Fast During Ramadan

For those organisation that have staff taking part in Ramadan this month and would like to develop a supportive culture, here is part of the Project 507's Leave Arrangement Policy that we would like to share with you. We included a 'Special Leave' section because in the UK religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas … Continue reading Supporting Staff Who Fast During Ramadan

A Public Health Overview

Yesterday would have been the 29th birthday of Damilola Taylor, and it was in this honour, that the DTT held it’s annual Memorial Lecture. The theme of the event was to discuss the recently announced Violence Reduce Unit in London and the public health approach to violence. Karyn McCluskey, previous Director of the Scottish VRU … Continue reading A Public Health Overview

Failing with Integrity

This article was written in consultation with Emeritus Professor aladin aladin, strategic counsel for Project 507 Limited. Violence is complex. Practitioners talk of direct, cultural, as well as structural violence, therefore solutions to violence need to encompass this complexity in order to be able to generate a strategy that can address the root causes across … Continue reading Failing with Integrity


  “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation” - World Health Organisation definition of violence, 2002. The UK has a violent history, … Continue reading Curing Violence: THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF VIOLENCE

Are Gangs To Blame For Serious Violence In The UK?

This article was co-written with Dr. Keir Irwin-Rogers, Lecturer in Criminology, The Open University. urbancow via Getty Images In the 12 months to March 2017, 61 young people aged 16-24 died as a result of knife crime in England and Wales. Many efforts have recently been made to make sense of the violence between young … Continue reading Are Gangs To Blame For Serious Violence In The UK?

Burn Out.

*** This touches on a few difficult subjects so am giving it a 'warning before reading' statement. I've been struggling lately, there is so much I want to talk about and so much I want to say, whenever I sit in front of my laptop with the blog open my mind becomes overwhelmed and I … Continue reading Burn Out.

You are not a superhero.

This summer makes 15 years of working with children, young people and community members. Many of my conversations recently have been with younger youth workers/practitioners or those ready to begin a career in the youth violence sector; a lot of whom wishing to start their own projects or have become leaders within their own rights. … Continue reading You are not a superhero.