The Pink Project by Sue Matthews
Two Day Workshop
The Pink Project is an innovative training programme designed for practitioners in any field who work with young women in, or at risk of becoming involved in anti social behaviour, offending, gang affiliation and sexual exploitation, created by Sue Matthews based on her own practice and observations, evaluations, experience and available literature and research.
The Pink Project training programme aims to enable the participants:
- To examine the research and evidence relating to girls and women within the Criminal Justice system and preventative services
- To develop a range of gender responsive interventions for girls which fits within current and emerging legislative practice
- To promote personal and professional development
- To reflect on their own experiences from a personal, cultural and structural perspective
- To examine the factors which discriminate against women in our society.
The Pink Project provides staff with the opportunity to learn about emerging research and the particular risk factors which relate to girls’ and women’s offending (such as gang affiliation and sexual exploitation), and to develop and deliver gender responsive interventions.
Workers are required to provide a positive role model for women they are working with. The Pink Project believes that in order to provide effective gender responsive interventions which improve outcomes for girls, it is essential that male and female staff have the opportunity to access training.
One of the key issues raised by practitioners in relation to developing gender responsive interventions is lack of time and busy workloads. The Pink Project provides staff with the opportunity to spend part of the course developing interventions relevant to their service, which can then be used both on a one to one basis and for groups, providing a template that is both flexible and adaptable to the demands of operational practice.
The Oregon guidelines and research and evidence from the UK (YJB 2009; NACRO 2009; ROTA 2011, All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System 2012; Girls in the CJS 2014) are used as a model of good practice in developing group work programmes, and one to one interventions are designed based both on the criminogenic needs of female offenders, and the particular pathways into gang affiliation and sexual exploitation for those young women who are not known to the Criminal Justice System.
Training methods include PowerPoint lectures on research and literature reviews, small group work exercises and large group discussion and feedback. Workers leave the training with a variety of tools and new resources to work on both one to one and group work interventions, and are able to ‘hit the ground running’ in terms of delivery of gender specific services.
In addition, workers are assisted to develop the confidence and skills to deliver effective gender responsive interventions to girls- both on a one to one basis and in group work, and develop techniques to challenge difficult behaviour.