European Framework of Competences for Community Professionals in Gang Environments – FRAME GANG
It is widely recognized that street gangs are connected with violence. Aggressive and violent youths are at greater risk of joining collectivities that we call street gangs or troublesome youth groups. But it is also true that such groups themselves promote and facilitate violence. Various authors have reported on the symbolic or group-enhancing importance of violence in street gangs, and violence is also often a means for illegal activity and maintaining a territory. Many European countries face such youth groups, which may be called street gangs although researchers and policy makers often hesitate to call them this because they compare their own groups to American stereotypes . Indications exist that there is a growth in street gang problems in different countries in Europe. Therefore, the study of European street gangs and troublesome youth groups may be very important for understanding better the causes of youth violence in European countries.
This is exactly what FRAME GANG is planning to do: identify the professionals supporting communities affected by gangs, identify their common characteristics in terms of competencies and develop a “navigation tool” presenting major areas of competencies, specialized competencies, proficiency levels connected to EQF and examples of knowledge / behavior / skills. This navigation tool will help all professionals understand what is needed to address gangs.
Our objectives are:
Produce current and appropriate occupation / work profiles for those working with gangs and the impact of gang crime in communities across Europe.
Identify in each partner country key sectors, organisations and job roles working within gang crime and with the impact of gang crime (police, probation, youth work, health, social services, education, communities).
Identify through desk and DACUM consultative research in each partner country the knowledge, skills and competences required to develop capacity and ensure improved and more successful engagements with gangs and gang members operating in order to reduce gang crime in the future.
Develop the European Framework of Competencies under the form of an interactive on-line tool capturing: major areas of competencies, specific competencies for each area, proficiency levels related to EQF and examples of knowledge / skills / attitudes. This will be the fundamental tool to give a common language between professionals, employers, VET providers and communities, in a context where event the definition of the problem is challenging: what is a gang for you and your community?
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