What we do

CELLS – What we do

CELLS aim to educate children and young people about the serious consequences of crime and
prevent initial and reoffending behaviors.
We seek to support CYP who need guidance to cope with and overcome issues and barriers, to
realize their full potential.
The factors that lead to involvement with crime are complex, deep-rooted and there is no single
‘catch-all’ solution. However, we believe that by educating and supporting vulnerable young people
in our community and helping them to realize their potential, we can help to prevent them from
participating in crime and violence and consequently make the community safer for all.
We currently provide education on crime or direct one-on-one support to over 10,000 young people
a year, and are dedicated to expanding our strategy so that, in the future, our methods can be
incorporated into a national agenda.
Our work has been adapted to respond to COVID-19 through the digital alignment of many of our
approaches that enables support to be provided either face to-face or through utilizing virtual

We facilitate interventions through operating five different and varied approaches.

1) CELLS Mentoring Support & Behavioural intervention

CELLS mentors support young people with low, medium, or complex needs who face various
personal and social issues.

2) Education and Awareness Programmes

We deliver educational awareness programmes to groups of CYP in schools and other community
venues. Sessions are delivered by The-CELLS-Team and aim to inform CYP around issues related to
themes such as criminal involvement, gangs, and exploitation, bullying and the criminal justice
Workshops focuson challenges CYP face due to crime/ASB in local communities and aim to increase
CYP knowledge and understanding around issues they could be potentially vulnerable to. Our team
recognize how choices children make during their formative years that decide the path they take
through life and, tragically, many children are deprived of suitable role models and skills to make
life-affirming decisions.

3) Supported Respite Solutions

Activity-based respite for vulnerable young people, with a focus on those susceptible to exploitation. Supported Respite Solutions (SRS) is a vital component of the CELLS Project, providing activity-based respite within a rural location, primarily to LAC who are at risk or involved in criminal activities, with a primary focus on at-risk children and young people (CYP) susceptible to exploitation in county lines operations.

Our approach centres on delivering compassionate and regulated respite, guided by professionals who possess first-hand experience in the challenges faced by our young people. We strongly advocate for holistic support, tailored to individual needs, fostering opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth.

We employ a range of engagement strategies to address specific concerns, with a particular emphasis on strengthening the relationship between CYP and their parents or caregivers. Central to our approach is the cultivation of confidence and self-esteem, empowering young people to establish and pursue personal development goals. Each young person undergoing respite placement will receive a customized placement plan and collaborate on a personal development plan (MyPlan) with their mentors, while all placement activities are thoroughly risk assessed.

4) Outreach and Street Engagemen

CELLS Outreach service offers a proactive way of engaging with CYPin their communities. It is
targeted to areas experiencing social isolation, poverty, and youth related ASB.

5) KidsKast

 KidsKast a podcast and media initiative made by the Kids for the Kids. offers an opportunity for youngsters to acquire production; filming; editing; and public speaking skills through interviews with guests of their choice. The entire project promotes community involvement and fosters camaraderie among CYP from diverse backgrounds. KidsKast conveys the importance of choices and serves as an inspiration for CYP to strive for their best. You can view a brief KidsKast montage at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIk41-GxgVI and explore the episodes delivered by the kids so far at https://www.youtube.com/@kidskast7998.

6) Family Support

Lean on Me, a support network for family members who are struggling with their childs behaviour or gang and exploitation and crime related issues. A multi approach support system where family members with lived experience, who have overcome family behavioural and crime related issues support others.

7) Itsup2u initiative that offers positive development and rehabilitation.

Supporting CYP, ex-offenders and people affected by crime and its related issues with positive
training, inclusion, and employment routes, enhancing community cohesion and development.
We have recently won a Queens Award for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity 2020, this was
received in recognition of Itsup2u initiative and the support we provide to ex-offenders and victims
of crime that enables their positive development and supports their rehabilitation.

8) Teacher and Professionals training

Our resources are limited, and our funding restricted, which impacts the number of children that we can reach, to address this, last year we introduced our teacher and youth worker training package. Our training programmes are designed for learners who work with young people in a range of youth settings. Training focuses on issues related to crime and anti-social behaviour and links these to the secondary PSHE and citizenship curriculum. The issues covered reflect national and local priorities
and contain detailed and relevant information for school staff including references to practical lesson activities. The Training package is essentially a toolkit which we have created to support and assist education staff in their work with children, young people, and families. It provides information, advice, and links to resources specific to crime, including lesson plans for KS2-4. While the material addresses issues like the consequences of carrying a knife – it also aims to offer inspiration to children to
pursue positive alternatives, using real life stories of young people’s experiences as a basis. So far, we have delivered this training to 52 teachers and youth workers, who have been able to deliver lessons and reach out to approximately 3000 young people. These lessons have been met with great success, with teachers and youth workers giving us very positive feedback about how the materials have helped challenge inaccurate perceptions about crime, helped young people develop the confidence to resist peer pressure, and helped them to inspire young people to recognise positive role models. In the coming year we are looking forward to working with more schools going forward to deliver these materials. In the long-term we would like this to become safely and effectively integrated into the school curriculum – possibly within the PSHE education provision where we think it could make sense.

Overall Aims

Engage –

To successfully engage as many young people as possible through: school workshops,
referrals from schools & PRUs and others, outreach support and teacher training

Empower –

To empower young people, ex-offenders, and the wider community towards a more
positive future by delivering training, offering mentorship and relationships advice, preparing them
for work, and supporting successful engagement in education, positive social activities, or

Educate –

To use workshops, one-to-one mentoring and group mentoring to educate CYP in schools
and PRUs as the instruments to inform young people about the effects of crime in order to
discourage them from engaging in anti-social activities, particularly serious youth violence.