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Gangs and Youth Violence

As part of a wider national agenda to address knife crime linked with gang culture, we have developed unique qualifications to assist those working in this field.

About this subject area

The Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Award and Level 3 Certificate in Working with Gangs and Youth Violence provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and skills to be able to work with young people involved in violent behaviour or activities and with young people in gang impacted environments.

This qualification has been designed to enable learners to:

  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Work safely with young individuals
  • Gain knowledge of social and psychological aspects of youth violence
  • Understand national policies addressing youth violence
  • Understand the impact of mental health on young people in gangs
  • Understand and employ exit strategies from a gang
  • Understand effects of marginalisation.

The minimum age for access to this qualification is 16 years.

For examples of case studies please follow this link for more information.


Follow the links below for more information about each qualification.

Qualification Approval

In order to deliver this qualification, centres must meet the requirements to deliver the qualification (which can be found in the Qualification Specification) and complete the Qualification Approval Application Form (QAF).

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