Working directly as a youth justice practitioner at the best performing youth offending service at the time, Glen headed up the Restorative Justice and Partnerships team at Gateshead Youth Offending Service. Innovation was key to recidivism and making a positive impact on reducing those at risk of offending. Glen later headed up the North office for award-winning charity ‘LEAP: Confronting Conflict’, which led a number of projects relating to conflict resolution, gangs and knife crime in communities and schools across Leeds and Bradford.
Examples of Glen’s work in this field include:
- Management of Gateshead’s community reparation and restorative justice schemes including an award winning community reparation media project delivered in conjunction with NEXUS, which was developed to reduce crime on the public transport network
- Setting up Gateshead Restorative schools project in conjunction with the police service and Gateshead Council. Training pupils and teachers in restorative practices to reduce conflict and police intervention in 3 high schools
- Management of the community reparation programme for Leeds Youth Offending service
- Co-development of ‘Growing Resilience’ programme to support people to deal with conflict and chaos, whilst building coping mechanisms and ensuring a healthy body and mind.
- Development of a food growing and cookery programme in Ramsbottom to support men’s mental health and skills development, delivered in partnership with Rammy Men