Programmes to reduce the risk of young people being victims of crime and violence


Cardiff Council is delivering two ground-breaking initiatives aimed at investing in the city's young people and helping them to avoid gang culture, crime, and violence. 

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Designed to engage and educate young individuals, the projects have been established though multi-agency partnership working and are being delivered using cutting-edge technology and interactive theatrical experiences to promote informed decision-making and empower young people.

The "Choice of a Lifetime" programme is an interactive theatrical play that confronts the realities and consequences of violent crime, knife crime, gangs, and drug culture. Developed through a collaborative effort with Cardiff Commitment, Cardiff Youth Service and partners across the city, including South Wales Police, Welsh Rugby Union, and NSPCC, the program offers a thought-provoking and immersive experience for young people aged 11 to 13.

The interactive play engages audiences in a captivating storyline that sparks critical thinking facilitated by qualified Youth Workers and Police Community Support Officers. By integrating the play's themes and messages into educational materials, schools and youth centres can continue to educate and engage young people on these crucial topics throughout the academic year.

A trail-blazing Virtual Reality (VR) initiative called "Virtual Reality Decisions" is also being rolled out, providing young people with an immersive experience allowing them to navigate a series of challenging situations and make critical decisions in a safe and controlled virtual environment. This hands-on approach to exploring topics such as gangs, grooming, peer pressure, and substance misuse, equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to make the best choices for their future, in real-life scenarios.

Positive feedback from secondary schools across the city, has highlighted the effectiveness of the projects, which have been shaped using the views of young people. Those who have taken part have enjoyed the programmes, saying that they met their needs of giving them more awareness of the signs of grooming.

Cabinet Member for Tackling Poverty, Equality and Supporting Young People, Cllr Peter Bradbury said: "These new initiatives aim to foster a safer community by empowering young individuals to make positive life choices and challenge the destructive influences of crime and violence.

"Cardiff Council remains committed to providing comprehensive support and resources to young people in our communities and these innovative initiatives further strengthen our resolve to tackle the challenges faced by our youth and create a brighter, safer future for all."