The Ebara programme offers support to young members of the BME community who are involved in the criminal justice system and displaying high levels of vulnerability. The delivery of this programme is through 1:1 support and group work activities within HMYOI Polmont covering a range of topics to assist with each person’s individual development. The topics covered in these workshops include positive relationships, goal setting, anger management, self esteem and resilience with an aim to reducing re-offending and equip the young person with essential tools to over-come future barriers.
Ebara is the Arabic word for ‘Expression’ and self expression is something that we continuously encourage with the young people that we work with. By using creative elements as a means of engagement we provide a platform for young people to express themselves and let their voices be heard. We adopt this style of working through-out the sentence from remand to liberation.
When the young people are pre-liberation we offer practical support in assisting with applications for housing, benefits, medical registration and future job searches whilst also linking in with other service providers. Upon liberation we continue a rapport with the young person and provide further support where needed, often including referrals into one of YCSA’s other existing programmes to assist them in reaching positive destinations.
In addition to supporting the young person we understand that this is a difficult time for the family members with the potential of added stigma due to cultural background. We offer family support by means of home visits and regular telephone updates which can be offered throughout the young person’s sentence and after their release.
The link below is a clip of our #JustLikeYou video that was a co-production piece involving staff, family members and young men who are discussing their first hand experience of the criminal justice system. The full version #JustLikeYou will be available soon!