Southwark Community Harm Exploitation Operational Group (CHE-OG)
The Community Harm Exploitation Operational Group (CHE-OG) is a multi-disciplinary initiative aimed to address the serious issue of urban violence in the borough of Southwark that includes Serious Group Offenders. It is managed by the Southwark Community Safety & Partnerships Team within the Housing Directorate of the Council and funded jointly by the Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC) and partner agencies. As a partner agency of CHE-OG, Together offers a voluntary service of forensic mental health to young people aged 16-24 years old and who are at risk from gang related activity or serious violence.
Our Together service in CHE-OG offers:
- Health and wellbeing assessment to service users
- Low-Intensity evidence-based psychological interventions, including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Motivational Interviewing; Brief Solution Focused Therapy; Compassion Focused Therapy
- Advice, consultation and training to CHE-OG practitioners and staff of key stakeholders
- Signposting and referrals to statutory and non-statutory community partners
The provision of the Together forensic mental health service plays an essential role in the rehabilitation of young people referred and accepted to CHE-OG for support. This involves building a picture of needs and risk factors, sharing information and liaising with other agencies. It is also to ensure Service Users and their families are able to access advice and support as necessary.
For more information about the Community Harm Exploitation Operational Group (CHE-OG), please contact Despina Bardosi, the Enhanced Project Manager.