Our Feedback Evaluation for
SYV Mentoring

A gang exit mentor is someone who helps individuals leave a gang and transition into a new life. These mentors often have personal experience with gang involvement or have specialised training in gang intervention and prevention.

Gang exit mentors provide emotional support, guidance, and resources to help individuals make positive changes in their lives. They may work one-on-one with gang members, providing counseling and mentoring services, or they may lead group sessions to help individuals develop new skills, build positive relationships, and create a plan for their future.

The ultimate goal of a gang exit mentor is to help individuals leave the gang lifestyle behind and successfully reintegrate into society. This can involve connecting them with job training programs, educational opportunities, or other community resources that can help them build a new life.

Gang exit mentors play an important role in reducing gang violence and promoting public safety by helping individuals turn away from gang activity and build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

Based on 25 young people supported over 12 month period

Cohort Age


Offending behaviour

% of the SYV Cohort involved in gangs and county liness based activity
% of the SYV cohort were suspected to be invlved in drug dealing activity (A/B)
% of the SYV cohort has been criminally exploited
% of the SYV cohort are suspected to be carriers of bladed articles and/or prohibited items
% of the SYV cohort are suspected to be users of illegal drugs (class A/B)
Positive Interventions and
1:1 meetings
Positive contacts by
phone / virtual meetings
% of the SYV eligible cohort were encouraged back into full time education
% of the SYV cohort that gained emplyment and into further education
% of the SYV cohort took up positive physical activities during the mentoring program
% of the SYV coort were supported with housing and back into secure accommodation

Case Study 1

Prior to working with Case one, the police had previously reported on the the harm and serious danger that Case One was putting himself in. There was also a history of violent outbursts towards other young people living in the same area. Case One had a series of altercations with a number of these young people and was placing himself and others in significant harm.  Case One has since been working towards managing and better controlling his aggression. He been listening to the advice that I have provided him with. He has also been reflecting on his overall behaviour and its affects on himself and others around him. Case One is now trying to stay away from prominent areas that may trigger challenges relating to his behaviour, and is learning how to consider the consequences of his actions.

Case One has not been in any violent or volatile situations over six months. He was scaled in core meetings as a two and now is between a four and a five, this is due to his positive attitude and thinking when out in public. Over the last few months Case One has displayed maturity and practices being polite and respect whilst out in public.  He is also wary of situations when in contact with his mother as her behaviour can sometimes have a negative effect on his emotional state. 

Case One has also initiated new coping methods that help him when he feels anxious. This helps him to overcome his anger. Fishing and other practical activities help him to focus on other outcomes. It has been a pleasure to have seen Case One develop over the last six months and I hope this may continue as Case One has the the potential to become a positive member of his local and wider community. 

Case Study 2

Over the last nine months, Case Two had been involved in a number of street robberies and intent to supply. 

When we were first introduced, we looked at the many different employment avenues and opportunities that he could take part in that would help him to manage his overall lifestyle and keep him safe etc. We looked into obtaining a CSC card and other accreditations that could help him with his eduction. Case Two attended regular appointments and continued to progress and as a result passed several different exams.

Since completing my work with Case Two, he has since been working towards obtaining different accreditations in construction. This has been a great help towards him now living a safer life and also contributes towards more employment opportunities. 

Case Study 3

Case Study Three has been working with myself and the wider team over the last six months. initially Case Study 3 was referred to the YOS and was being manipulated into knife crime and theft

Case 3 has a severe medical condition called Sickle Cell, which can often leave him tired and on many occasions hospitalised for many days..

Case Study 3 is no longer on a CIN plan and no longer has to work with YOS or social services as the support that has been provided by myself and his family have helped him to seek a more positive lifestyle. He is also displaying more maturity in his decision making process. Case 3 now intends to study law and desires to attend University to achieve his goal.

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