On Friday, our team headed to Enfield Council to speak at their White Ribbon Day event. Our Rescue and Response Lead Alex spoke alongside her R&R colleague about young women and girls affected by 'gangs' and how they would face multiple barriers to support if they were also experiencing domestic abuse.
We also considered whether young women and girls actually identify with the term 'gang-affected'. We spoke about addressing the victim-perpetrator dynamic, especially considering when we work with young women over 18 years old. Jahnine Davis's work on adultification is important to understand how this issue especially affects Black young women and girls.
Our Contextual Safeguarding Lead Fiona delivered a presentation highlighting the importance of the contextual safeguarding framework to keep young women and girls safe. She also spoke about how she can support professionals all over the UK to utilise this in their practice with young people, whether by delivering training, speaking at team meetings or in one-to-one case consultations.
Fiona also spoke about how all our work, whether directly with young women and girls or with professionals and services, will always be anchored to our founding principles:
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Thank you for the opportunity to speak and attend, Enfield Council.