Miss. Behaving or Miss. Understood?

Ray Douglas

Monday, 8 July 2019

It is time to wake up to the increase in girl violence and school exclusions.


First of all, I’m not even going to attempt to “mansplain” the above title but what I do know is that more and more teachers are concerned about the rise in female exclusions from school, with some schools reporting up to two-thirds of overall exclusions being girls.

Having worked in female prisons myself, the above stats don’t come as a surprise to me, but what is concerning are the levels of violence in and out of school that are also being played out.

Recently I was speaking to Selina Brown, CEO of a great organisation called Little Miss Creative. They specialise in targeted work with girls using creative learning to support them towards their personal, social and academic growth.

One of the things that stood out from our conversation was the challenges facing young girls around identity, self-love and belonging.

I’ve made mention on numerous occasions in my previous blogs about social media and its' effects on young people. One thing you cannot deny are the subsequent effects as a result of the rise in celebrity Instagram #MUA ( make up artist for you lesser instagrammers ) and how it has shaped the definition of beauty to some young women.

BW hands behind bars

And what of those three keywords: personal, social and academic? Well, all should be delivered in a nuanced and culturally competent manner if we are to respond to the problem effectively. 

Countless things are being said and done around the experiences of young men specifically in year's 9,10 & 11 but are we failing by not offering more tailored and targeted services to young women as well?

We need to start responding to this rising problem if we have any hope of helping to reduce violence.

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About our Community Expert

Raymond Douglas
Community Expert

Raymond Douglas is one of the UK’s leading thinkers and “doers” around working with at-risk pupils and young people. A prolific trainer and curriculum developer he has created numerous intervention programs tackling youth conflict & violence aiming to reduce the number of those at risk of life-threatening behaviour involving guns, gangs, knife crime & extremism.

Ray has been an approved trainer for governmental departments and currently delivers within schools colleges, universities and prisons. Ray has spoken at TEDx and has worked nationally and internationally training & advising schools and local authorities around reducing systemic youth violence.

Today his Minus Violence program reaches over 10,000 young people & pupils per year and 2019 see the release of his first book Gangs Kitchen.

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