Who we help
Reform Restore Respect was set up and founded by Francis Osei-Appiah FRSA to educate, encourage, inspire and transform the lives of young people who are vulnerable or at risk of offending or re-offending. 16 years ago and as a young teenager Francis Osei-Appiah FRSA was a very bright academic student in the Tottenham area of North London. However, he didn’t want to be the ‘smart’ kid who was bullied and rebelled and turned to the gangs to find his sense of belonging and status.
Francis grew up in Tottenham’s notorious Broadwater Farm Estate. During his time in prison he did a lot of soul searching and found his true identity and decided to once again study and apply himself to learning. He left prison with a Bachelor of Honours in Health and Social Care and went on to set up our wonderful and interesting registered charity Reform Restore Respect (RRR) for young people as beneficiaries due to his personal and painful experience of serving a lengthy prison term and uses his experience and past to bring home the harsh reality of prison in the charity services.
Our commitment is to be ‘part of the solution’ to safer communities and ‘joining hands’ with school teachers, social workers, youth offending teams, probation officers, police officers, youth workers, prison officers and other organisations in the third sector. Our services for schools is supported and endorsed by Sevenoaks District Council Community Safety Partnership and Kent Police.
How we help
The overall objectives of the charity are:
- To educate young people about the potential and power of their attitudes and actions. The charity aims to equip young people with tools that will enable them to make empowering choices hence deterring them from anti-social behaviour, peer pressure, gangs, low self-esteem and criminal activities.
- To encourage young people to set realistic and reachable goals, using some examples and testimonies of reformed low risk ex-offenders and ex-gang members who have turned their lives around.
- To transform the lives of young people by assisting them in their pursuit to reach their full, intellectual, physical and spiritual potential.
- To contribute to reducing the number of entrants into the Youth/Criminal Justice System.
- The young people the project may target include:
- Those excluded from school for fixed terms or permanently
- Those who are already involved in the criminal justice system
- Gangs who are involved in terrorising local communities Specific community groups such as Somalia’s, Caucasians, gypsy travelers and other Black &Ethnic Minority groups
- Young people whom others may influence through peer pressure
- Young people who are dependent on drugs and alcohol
More than four out of ten males and one in ten females are likely to be found guilty or cautioned for an indictable offence at some point during their lives. However, it is also true that a comparatively small proportion of the population – about 5 per cent of males – are persistent offenders who account for about half of all known offending. Individuals more often break the law when they are young. Young people who become involved in crime before they are 14 tend to become the most persistent offenders, with longer criminal careers. The major risk factors for youth offending are:
- Individual Factors – includes hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour; early onset of aggressive and other problem behaviour; being male.
- Family – poor parental supervision; harsh or erratic discipline; family conflict; parental criminality; low family income.
- Peers – delinquent peer group; high proportion of unsupervised time spent with peers.
- School Low attainment; low commitment/truancy; aggressive behaviour and bullying; exclusions; school disorganisation.
- Community Poverty – disadvantaged, neglected neighbourhood; community disorganisation, high turnover and lack of social ties; drug availability.
What is vulnerable Young Person at risk?
According to a recent report ‘A Joint Inspection by HMI Constabulary, HMI Probation, Care Quality Commission and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, 2010’ Many adults in the criminal justice system began their offending careers in their childhood or early teens, after being subject to factors which made their offending more likely. When examining evidence-based practice, crime prevention work can be broadly grouped into four aspects, or domains: The family; School and work; Lifestyle, neighbourhood and community; and Self, personal and individual practices. All areas had a range of initiatives funded nationally and mainly targeted at areas of significant need.
There is no easy link of cause and effect between the factors associated with youth crime and actual offending. A range of risk factors are involved – which might include psychological, family, social, economic and cultural factors, plus of course the opportunity to commit an offence. These risks may be offset by positive influences such as good parenting. Crime does not happen in a social vacuum. It is correlated with social disadvantage and poverty. People living in deprived circumstances are at greater risk of being perpetrators—and victims—of crime. However, a simplistic, deterministic view of the causes of crime is not supported by the facts and risks both insulting those in deprived circumstances who do not commit offences and making excuses for those who do.
The number of young people found guilty by the juvenile courts or formally cautioned by police has fallen in England and Wales over the past 20 years. However, it is generally believed that this is not an accurate measure and that youth crime is far more prevalent than recorded crime suggests. Both police recorded crime statistics and national surveys of the victims of crime show that the types of offence most often committed by young people – such as violence and taking vehicles – have risen dramatically over the same period.
Our Partners & Sponsors
We are grateful to all of our funders and partners for helping us reach vulnerable young people.
The Tudor Trust
7 Ladbroke Grove
Tel: 020 7727 8522
Fax: 020 7221 8522
Sevenoaks District Community Safety Unit
Sevenoaks District Council
Kent, TN13 1GN
Tel: 01732 227229
Regional Kent and Sussex Head of Learning, Skills and Employment
Tel: 07772 560 329
Kent Community Foundation
Office 23, Evegate Park Barn,
Kent TN25 6SX
Telephone: 01303 814 500
Kent People’s Trust
Kent Police Headquarters
Telephone: 01622 653208
The Co-operative Group South East Region
1st Floor Persimmon House
Anchor Boulevard Crossways
Kent DA2 6QH
Telephone: 01322 312303
A charity like Reform Restore Respect thrives on good governance and positive support. We are extremely grateful for all of our dedicated staff and trustees.
Our Trustee Directors give their time freely to ensure that the charity continues to provide the best possible support to vulnerable young people.
Mr James MOY – Trustee Director & Chair :
Social Care Senior Support Worker at Pepenbury Group
Considerable experience of working with people with learning disabilities
Has worked in the social care sector for the past 7 years
Skills, experience and knowledge in fundraising
Strong knowledge of the local community and the voluntary sector
Has considerable experience with other charitable and voluntary organisation including British Red Cross, St. John’s Ambulance, Mencap and several charitable organisations in Uganda
James decided to join Reform Restore Respect’s Board of Trustees as he strongly believes in our aims and objectives.
Retired Police Constable John BROOKER – Trustee Director :
Former Tonbridge and Malling Schools Police Liaison Officer
Former Offender Management Unit for Kent Police
Previously used to oversee all pupil referral units, primary and secondary schools in the Tonbridge and Malling area of Kent
Skilled in identifying potential targets for the charity’s services
Strong knowledge of the law surrounding young people
Excellent links with local schools and youth groups
Mr Ian ROSS FRSA – Trustee Director & Treasurer :
Founder, Company Secretary and CEO of Outside Chance, a sister charity operating in a similar field to Reform Restore Respect.
Considerable experience of working with challenging young people.
22 years experience in the voluntary sector.
18 years experience of operating Outside chance.
17 years experience of workshop delivery in HM YOI Feltham.
Strong working knowledge of fundraising and financial management.
Ian felt that he could bring his considerable experience in both the voluntary sector and working with young people to the board. His ethos closely follows that of the aims and objectives of Reform Restore Respect.
Our Trustees ensure that:
- All beneficiaries are paramount
- All legal requirements are met
- Charity funds are used well
- Systems are in place to protect charity funds
- Fundraising and publicity initiatives are well supported
Trustees commit to a minimum of 4 meetings a year, plus any personal involvement in attending our workshops and inspecting charity systems. The greater the range of skills and experience the members of our board have, the better. We always welcome new Trustees to join, and the Chair of the Board or the Chief Executive would be happy to discuss your possible involvement before you make any commitment. You are also welcome to sit in on a Board Meeting and meet the other people involved before making your decision.
Rewarding, making a difference, reducing crime, community safety, the ‘good guys’ – whatever the role, working for Reform Restore Respect is all of these.
Mr F. OSEI APPIAH BA (Hons), FRSA, Dip HSC, CertManCare, CertHSC, PTTLS –Founder, Company Secretary and CEO of Reform Restore Respect
Attended and completed a PTLLS – Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector – Teacher Training Course
Level 3 Certificate in Working with Vulnerable Young People
Honours Degree in Health and Social Care
Diploma in Health and Social Care
Certificate in Managing Care
Certificate in Health and Social Care
NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care
GNVQ in Business Studies
Former Trustee Director of Weald of Kent Vocational Fund Trust
Reform Restore Respect employs 1 staff (plus volunteers) and their dedication is key to our success. To ensure we have the best possible people in our teams, we have developed a comprehensive policies and training. This provides every member of staff with all the skills and knowledge they need. As a charity using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure service, all of our staff and board of trustees are vetted to assess their suitability for positions of trust. Reform Restore Respect complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. If you are interested in a full-time or part-time volunteering role at Reform Restore Respect, we would love to hear from you. For more information about working at Reform Restore Respect, please contact either Francis Osei Appiah on 07904764291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org