This book responds to the urgent need for practical intervention approaches targeting young people at risk. It provides a much needed practical resource for practitioners and students from a variety of helping professions.

Focusing on interventions that practitioners can use in collaboration with the young person, the book offers hands-on strategies for enhancing resilience and addressing challenges and issues typically faced by young people. Topics covered include:

  • Depression, suicide, and self-harm
  • Substance Abuse
  • Problematic Sexual Behavior
  • Marginalized Youth
  • Mental Health Issue
  • Peer Mentoring and Building on Strengths
  • Cults and Gangs
  • Bullying
  • Firelighting

Throughout the book, multi-disciplinary and international authors share their expertise, highlighting relevant evidence-based interventions and considering themes such as anti-oppressive practice, culture, values and ethics.

This book is ideal for students and practitioners working with young people, especially in the fields of youth work, social work, psychology, counseling, and education.

Working with Gangs and other Delinquent Groups

Working with Gangs and other Delinquent Groups

Working with gangs and other delinquent groups
SimonHallsworth and TaraYoung


Until recently, gangs have been seen as a uniquely American problem. In recent years, however, gangs appear to have migrated across the Atlantic to a range of European societies, including the UK, where it now appears that they have taken root and flourished.

As gangs have not been considered a public enemy to the extent that they have in the USA, European societies do not possess any established anti-gang strategies or, indeed, industry to confront the risks posed by street collectives (Hallsworth, 2007). As fears about gangs have grown in countries such as the UK, driven forward, not least, by sensational reporting of alleged gangland killings, policymakers in the UK have, ...

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