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Calling the Shots and Youth Violence in Context

The experience of From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation, suggests that positive behavioural change is the result of nurturing self-understanding, and that youth violence must be understood in the context of availability to delinquency and associated risk factors including abuse, neglect, detachment issues, poor relationship skills, a lack of moral guidance and self-awareness, and the need to belong. It is from this perspective and experience, and in the light of the evidence of youth interpersonal and weapon-enabled violence, perpetrated by and against youth, that Calling the Shots has been developed.

Calling The Shots: Links With Existing Initiatives

The inter-relating and inter-dependent approach of Calling the Shots complements and mutually supports many of the existing initiatives, practices, and strategies supporting young people to be safe and free from harm. These include:

  • Every Child Matters (ECM)
  • Social and Emotional Aspect of Learning (SEAL)
  • PSHE
  • The National Curriculum (NC)
  • Safer School Partnership (SSP)
  • Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT)
  • Youth Crime Action Plan
  • Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRPs)
  • YOT and the Youth Justice Board


“At first I didn’t think it had anything to do with me but the lesson made me think about how I present myself

and how other people see me.”-Student


Students work in Calling the Shots workshop



Calling the shots was conceptualised and written by Uanu Seshmi