SGCS developed 2 unique models in 1999 which are the fundamental basis of all the work that SGCS conducts. These are the ‘SGCS Triangular Model of Engagement and Containment’ and the ‘SGCS Ownership Model’ which have been the secret to the success that SGCS has had in addressing a range of problems faced by the community.  The former model is built into the SGCS Ownership Model at the second stage of ownership. These models have been depicted below and a brief description of how the model works is given.
 Triangular model of Engagement and Containment©
 
This model proposes that any problem that is faced within a region, borough or community, must be dealt jointly by 3 key partners: 1) Local community; 2) Local authority/council; 3) Police. For a problem to be contained – within the triangle – all the partners must work together. If one of the angles breaks away, and there is not a joint effort to address the issues faced, then the problem may spread.  
SGCS’s projects have always included these 3 partners in this model, and this allows for shared understanding and best practice.

Fig 1: SGCS Triangular Model

 
  Stage 1 – Identify the Problem Face by Communities
  Stage 2 – Taking Ownership of the Problem
  Stage 3 – Devising Solutions
 
  Stage 1 – Identify the Problem Face by Communities

How?

A problem or issue facing the community must first be identified, which is usually done through a Needs Analysis. A range of seminars can also be held with the local community, and their concerns should be heard, which can be initiated by the community, or by news events such as a new piece of legislation for example. It is hugely important that we build the capacity of the community so that may take on enhanced responsibility. This is critical if the conservative party’s Big Society agenda is to work.

SGCS’s Outreach workers also play a huge part, by actively engaging with target participants such as young people, who feed back their views of what issues they are facing to the programmes managers of SGCS, who can collectively contribute towards the design of new programmes and solutions.

These problems could be unemployment, anti-social behaviour, knife/gun crime, gang culture, drug and alcohol abuse, radicalisation, et

  Stage 2 – Taking Ownership of the Problem

How?

SGCS has been advocating since 1999, and with great success, that problems can only be addressed with joint collaboration and effort with three key stakeholders recognising that they all have a crucial part to play. These are: 1) Local community; 2) Local authority/council; 3) Police.

Indeed many Initiatives must also be community led, and so other stakeholders including central government must proactively engage with the communities and community leaders from all sections of the community, before issues arise, and not after they arise. Otherwise, the support of the community will not be there. We are therefore pleased that the new coalition-led government has taken this approach of empowering communities and devolving authority and giving communities more responsibility in taking initiatives.

  Stage 3 – Devising Solutions
How?
The 3 stakeholders above must work together to devise solutions, building on each other’s areas of expertise, credibility, and influence. These solutions could either address the problems directly and indirectly, and could be in the form of recreational, educational, rehabilitation projects. The target groups and aim of the solutions/programmes must be carefully identified.

SGCS has designed and successfully executed a range of programmes since 1999. Please click here to see more.

SGCS Ownership Model
 
 

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