We were commissioned by the Home Office to create video resources for frontline practitioners to raise awareness of serious organised crime. The objective was two-fold: to produce a resource for the practitioners to help distinguish between crime and serious organised crime; and to create a resource for young people who may be exposed to serious organised crime to help them recognise it and hopefully avoid it.
We created a team made up of frontline practitioners including social and youth workers, police officers and previous offenders from across the country to gain first-hand experiences with serious organised crime. For this to work it had to portray a realistic, authentic story that the audience would recognise and believe in order to engage with the messages. At both script and editing stages this was then piloted back to the research team and with young people to check the story and the language would be believable.
The resulting short drama titled ‘Consequences’ aimed at young people who may be exposed to serious organised crime to view with their social/youth worker as part of a SOC portfolio. The film can be viewed as a whole, or in three parts with space for discussion and debate. We also created another film which contained interviews with the frontline practitioners to aid further training in social and youth work and create a more in depth understanding of serious organised crime from those who deal with it.
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