I work with young people- not any young people- i work with those who have committed crimes. It is depressing work most of the time but recently it has become more so.
Without breaking anybody's confidentiality- i am working with a young man who likes knives- he admires them, they make him feel powerful, and he uses them in that way.
He had a bloody awful life, he was abused, taken into care, brought up by successions of foster carers and has no adeqaute and real attachment to any significant adult role model.
It is my job to try to help him sort himself out before he ends up in prison - but every time I go to see him I hear about another offence, another fight, another knife - what am I to do? I feel like giving up sometimes but know and also feel that i will not and should not- and I know within three months of today that he will end up in prison - he is only 16.
What are we supposed to do with and for these kids- the solution doesn't lie in the governement's quick-fix therapies or putting them out of sight in prison.
What he needed was decent parents- something he was never going to get - how can we ensure that the next generation is going to reach its 17th birthday??
I am often in despair over this and wish I didn't do what i did- maybe I should go stack shelves and ignore it all??