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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

Having extensive experience working with children and young people services across statutory and voluntary sectors, 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 PRU with young children 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.

She developed YJB initiatives such as the Junior Youth Inclusion Programmes (JYIPs); rolled out across 10 areas, (evidenced reductions in FTE) and managed a multi-agency team at a Local Authority Children Centre.

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, commission and 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 offenders.

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.

She worked nationally with Youth Justices Services supporting the engagement of the hardest to reach young people as Head of Youth Programmes at User Voice and supported Just for Kids Law with safeguarding and the development of their innovative ‘Advocacy Year’ graduate recruitment project. Anne-Marie founded Peer Power in 2014 which aims to put empathy at the heart of social change and social care services for disadvantaged children and young people.