Experience shows the way to tackle gangs is by preventative measures in communities. You must involve the police, schools, parents, voluntary and community groups - all working together.

By targeting resources in the right way, and reinforcing opportunity and engagement in the community, we can prevent young people getting involved in gangs and give them real alternatives to crime”

Paul McDowell, Chief Executive of crime reduction charity, Nacro

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In support of The Street, a motion was presented and passed at the Scottish Parliament commending Regen:fx and stating that the Parliament “…further believes that this model has the potential to reduce offending by young people in communities across Scotland”

Christine McKelvie (MSP) 11 March 2010

Further to this, as part of the ‘No Knives, Better Lives’ initiative, acknowledged The Street as a good example of youth work that is helping to combat youth disorder and anti-social behaviour in Scotland.

Gina Nowak, YouthLink Scotland

“In addition to the impact of the various scenarios acted by the young people, it is clear in discussion with them that it made a personal impact on each of them. Whilst the climax of the programme is the performance, a lot of support is offered to young people in the scripting and commitment to the programme by the young people. The Street is emotional, sad and ultimately uplifting in its approach to engaging young people"

Executive Director Social Work Resources

“I found this dramatic production very hard hitting and a fantastic way to involve young people in confronting issues and choices which face them on “the street”. It feels very different to discussion type approaches; it feels real because you are part of the action developing on the street and events are happening very fast. It highlights how quickly poor choices can be made which are devastating for individuals and communities”

Head of Children and Justice Services

“The Street is a forward thinking and innovative way of tackling antisocial behaviour, perpetrated mainly by young people, in a community where they should feel valued and in fact feel very isolated and misunderstood. It allows the community to open up new lines of communication with its young members who will hopefully be the new community activists of the future.”

Breaking the Cycle Intensive Support Officer

“Just as with the original riots, parts of the community seem to have been a tinder box waiting to explode. Haringey Council has lost £41m from its budget and has cut youth services by 75%. The abolition of the education maintenance allowance hit Haringey hard, and thousands of young people at college depended on it. Again none of these things are reasons for rioting and looting. But with these and other cuts in jobs and services, it is difficult to see how areas like Tottenham can become less flammable soon”

Diane Abbott, MP

“I want us to use the record of success against gangs some cities like Boston in the USA and indeed the Strathclyde police in Scotland - who have done this by engaging the Police, the voluntary sector and local government. I want this to be a national priority”

David Cameron, Prime Minister, Thursday, 11 August 2011

“I was privileged to visit the Street Project and to see and hear the great work that is being done by young people. I was particularly impressed by the young persons understanding of the issues addressed in The Street. We often stereotype young people as immature with no understanding of the consequences of certain actions. Nothing could be further from the truth. They had a great understanding of the issues which where delivered in such a thought provoking way. They certainly gave me a greater insight into the issues. Scotland should be proud to have young people of such talent and maturity”

The Rt Hon Frank Mulholland, QC, Lord Advocate

“Our proposals are wide-ranging. They are focused on five areas: prevention, pathways out, punishment, partnership working and providing support. We need to combine action to tackle the causes of gang and youth violence with tough enforcement to crack down on those who commit crimes. Stopping such violence is not a task for the police alone. Teachers, doctors and youth workers all have a vital role to play. Success will only come when local areas and local agencies like these work together and share information”

The Rt Hon Theresa May, MP, Home Secretary

“We understand that you can’t arrest your way out of the problem, and that is why we have been clear that only with full cross departmental support can we make an impact. Tackling gangs and serious youth violence will take a fully co-ordinated, multi-agency response, and full and public local authority leadership. There is already a wealth of expertise and best practice that can be harnessed, but there is no quick fix. The Government is committed to tackling this over the long term – this report is the first step towards transforming gang impacted communities and restoring hope and opportunity to those living within them”” 

The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith , MP