Great Expectations, formerly known as the ATF (Avenger Task Force) is a multi agency task force involving the Police, Youth Support Team, InfoBuzz, HMP, social care, Probation and Gloucester City Homes. The task force was developed around 3 years ago and was born out of a concern of the increased levels of gang activity in the county ranging from low level youth crime, the supply and dealing of illegal substances, increased levels of group violence and more sophisticated activities involving identified gang members from other areas. The ATF was successful in its disruption of gang activity and although the risk of gang associated behaviour will remain a risk the focus of the ATF is now more directed towards a preventative approach, hence the name change to Great Expectations.
The Great Expectations programme is delivered in three tiers and has recently developed and piloted a new intervention aimed at young women. The reason why these interventions are unique is that they are co-facilitated by serving prisoners from HMP Leyhill.
The Great Expectations team are starting a new six session Tier 3 input with The Peak Pupils, beginning on Wednesday 09/03/16.
The Team will be attending The Peak on the following dates:
Tier three covers the following:
Tier three – this is the most intensive programme and is run over a seven week period, the group running once a week for three hours. The programme is facilitated by Police, Youth Support Team and serving prisoners. The prisoners will tell their life stories and discuss their experiences from childhood onwards providing insight into how the choices they made and the situations they faced lead them to ultimately being in custody. The programme will address criminal behaviour and criminality, weapons, substance misuse, peer pressure, joint enterprise, consequential thinking and decision making and prison. The programme will also include a visit to a prison.