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Young People's Area

Media

"I'm Walking A Life"

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"Whitney Spoken Word"

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"Young People Performing A Song"

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Experiences

"Be good to be close to family and those supporting you"

"Intelligence is more than School smart"

"Young people aren't out of reach. Services are out of reach"

"I just tried to stay out of trouble, connect with family and friends and get early release"

"The word education isn't a great word"

"Young people need a second chance"

"If someone's got something to lose they will fight to keep it"

"Don't judge a book by its cover"

"Knowing your rights and entitlements means you feel more empowered"

"If I complain, I don't think anything will happen"

"The long term affect is massive, but the decision is based on the judges mood"

"Young people should be involved from the beginning"

Anne-Marie Douglas - Peer Power
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Anne-Marie Douglas

Anne-Marie has worked in the voluntary and statutory sector for twenty years, locally and nationally supporting the meaningful involvement of young people who are least heard.

Anne-Marie’s belief in empathy and personal experience of peer led services led her to found the charity Peer Power in 2015, launching formally in 2016 at the House of Lords.

The empathy led charity works with children, teenagers and young adults who have experienced significant trauma and adversity.

It aims to improve the wellbeing and career prospects for young people involved, and to support them to disrupt, influence and improve the services that support them.

Anne-Marie is passionate about positive changes to support excluded children and young people. Her work is underpinned by a belief in supporting individual choice, the importance of empathy, nurturing, and a person centred therapeutic approach.

Early experiences working in a Primary Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) with young children excluded from mainstream school, and were experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties had a profound effect, leading her to initiate the first nurture group set in a non-mainstream setting, later identified as outstanding by Ofsted.

Anne-Marie Douglas

She supported development of a Young People’s Support Unit, an award winning multi-agency youth crime prevention hub and went on to develop cross-agency protocols developing a tiered, supportive response strategy to ASBO’s for under 18’s, the Targeted Youth Support Strategy, and the Youth Crime Action Plan.

Moving to the voluntary sector she developed evidence based peer support educational nurturing programmes for Looked After Children, ‘Whole’ Family nurturing work, and innovative peer led ‘Alternative to Custody’ Programmes for young people in the justice system.

Identifying a gap locally for ‘a safe place to go for those most excluded’, she established a ‘User Led Centre for Children and Families’, opened by the Lord Mayor of Bradford in June 2011.

Anne-Marie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE). In 2017, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) Fellowship to research empathy in youth support services in Canada and the USA.