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Control Action Reverse the Learning is a unique and innovative accredited programme designed specifically to tackle current social trends among black males.  Our target groups are those;

  • Serving time in Young Offenders Institutions and adult prisons
  • Individuals known within the Criminal Justice System
  • Those attending community initiatives, or on the periphery of offending

The aim of the programme is to connect with black males whose cognitive distortions have caused problems that have affected their ability to deal with difficult and high risk situations. The programme consists of 16 sessions, and is designed to be a motivational tool developed specifically to engage black males to focus on the process of change.The content of each session is about raising an awareness of self and others in relation to perceived ideas that have caused barriers to change. The benefits of this unique programme C.A.R.L. is that it is the first of its kind that is uncompromising yet fresh and innovative in its approach towards tackling, challenging and provoking black males into addressing negative areas of their lives i.e. attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. 

The C.A.R.L. programme is made up of three core modules, these are:




The aim of this model is to help participants understand the cognitive process, or sequence of events that regulates a person’s behaviour.

What places C.A.R.L. at the cutting edge of programmes interventions is the dynamic style of every group facilitator. The prerequisite for delivering this programme is that all facilitators are professional, black, highly motivated and enthusiastic, having a wide range of skills and techniques that enables facilitators to engage with individuals at three distinct levels, this being Relating through Cultural Similarities, Social Identity, and Role Modelling.

  • Relating through Cultural Similarities: Relating to individuals on the programme through the awareness of cultural similarities gives facilitators the scope to effectively communicate on areas concerning early upbringing i.e. family origin, culture, food, music and often times discipline. Facilitating groups on this level enables the facilitator to encourage individuals to open up and disclose personal information without fear of being judged, stereotyped or undermined by a facilitator who cannot associate with such experiences. The benefits of relating through cultural similarities enables individuals to communicate on a level based on their belief that the facilitator will know where they are coming from.

  • Social Identity: The advantage of having black facilitators means that everybody in the group can identify and express shared experiences i.e. racism, discrimination and oppression. Delivering the C.A.R.L. Programme enables the facilitators to empathise with these experiences, having overcome their own obstacles in this area. With this in mind, facilitators are well equipped to help offenders overcome such barriers without feeling discriminated against. 

  • Role Modelling: Essential to delivering this programme to black males is the facilitator’s ability to build a rapport with group members because of cultural similarities and social identity. Rapport building is the bridge over troubled waters when empowering individuals to change. By demonstrating pro-social attitudes, group members will have a bird’s eye view of the kind of attributes modelled by the facilitators that will give them the impetus to model likeminded pro-social behaviour.



Statistics from Home Office Report Highlighting Overrepresentation of Black People within the Criminal Justice System

  • The imprisonment rate for black people is 934 per 100,000, over eight times higher than the imprisonment rates for either Asians or Whites, which are 126 per 100,000 and 114 per 100,000 respectively.

  • Young black people are more likely to be refused bail than young white people. 11.6 per cent of black and 11.4 per cent of mixed race 10-17 year olds are remanded in custody compared to 7.6 per cent of white 10-17 year olds

  • Black people of all ages are three times more likely to be arrested than white people.

  • Black people constitute 2.7% of the population aged 10–17, but represent 8.5% of all those arrested in England and Wales.

  • Young black people aged 10–17 constitute 2.7% of the population but 6% of those are supervised by youth offending teams.

  • In Leeds black people aged 10–17 constitute 6% of the YOT caseload despite this group accounting for just 1.5% of the local population.

  • Black British prisoners make up 12 per cent of the prison population and two per cent of the general population.

  • Black people are just over six times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police than white people.

  • In 2004/05, 8.1% of black people under 18 were remanded in custody compared to 5.1% for Asian and 4.4% for white people of the same age-group.

  • Black young offenders accounted for 6% of total offences in 2004/06; they received 11.6% of total custodial sentences.

  • At Feltham Young Offenders Institution, the only Young Offender Institution in London, 42% of inmates are black.


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