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Tough love v soft love

Louisa Compton | 16:25 UK time, Monday, 25 May 2009

What's the best way of keeping kids on the straight and narrow? Tomorrow our programme comes from Eastside Young Leaders Academy in Newham in London. It's run by Ray Lewis, a former prison governor, who thinks zero tolerance is the best answer.

Boys are referred to the academy by local schools, or sometimes the police. The criteria's straightforward: they must be black, and severely disruptive or in trouble with the law. Eastside operates after school, at weekends or in holidays. Boys who attend are aged between 8 and 18.

Throughout the programme we'll hear fom some of the boys; their parents and mentors. And we'll also hear from organisations who believe a softer policy of patience and understanding produces better results. tell us what you think works best.


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