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Dr Joan Bailey MBE

Joan is Executive Director of the Safer Luton Partnership (SLP) and has been involved with the organisation since December 1996. She first started as the Peer Education Project Worker and was instrumental in setting up the peer led drugs education project in all 12 of Luton’s High Schools. Joan has published a number of articles on setting up peer led drugs educational training and spoken at conferences both in the UK and abroad. This was extended to include a Peer Mentoring Scheme

In May 2000 she secured the post of Youth Inclusion Programme Manager at the SLP and in 2003 the Programme Manager, where she had overall responsibility for five main projects consisting of 26 staff ranging from work with young people, through to families, target-hardening initiatives like Burglary and Auto Crime as well as planning, delivering and evaluating training. The SLP acted as the project arm of the Luton’s Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, (CDRP) from 1998 to 2007 and Joan’s other duties included responsibility for managing the Luton CDRP on a day to day basis for the council and police.

Joan has over 25 years’ experience working with young people around issues associated with community safety working both nationally, across Europe and internationally, having spent eight years in the USA, working as a Drugs Outreach worker. She has extensive knowledge of working with young people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities: particularly young men .

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