Aged 11, was living with his mother, step-father, and his Older brother (age 15). When he ran away from home, RDUK were asked to intervene.
His older brother had become involved with the local gang. He told us he had no choice other than to join for his and his brother’s protection on and off the estate. He did not see his step-father as someone who was interested in their well-being so felt he had to step up and be the ‘man’.
The older brother was used by the gang as a younger the elder now wanted to draft in the little brother. Malcolm always opposed the gang but was soon wooed by the new iPhone and more money then he had ever held during his lifetime. However, he was a conscious young boy who was fearful his mother would find out so he ran away, not wanting to wake up every day seeing the gang members passing by not knowing what they may do to him.
RDUK was contacted and we began our intervention. Strangely, it was the police who told us that Malcolm was still on the estate, they had run a trace on his mobile phone but said they could not do anything more to find him.
We (about 10 volunteers) went into the Estate on a daily basis asking residents if they had seen Malcolm. To which there was an astounding no, from each person we questioned. Until one day, a resident out of frustration told us the precise flat where he had been staying. By this time the Leader learnt of our presence and also knew we were not backing down. We decided to go to this flat and ask whether he was there or not. However, on the way there, another particular resident bravely told us that he was always sent out at a particular time to go to a particular shop that we should just wait for him.
We called his mother and she met us the next day, we waited at the shop and Malcolm turned up. When he saw his mother we heard the sigh of relief from him. He simply could not cope with his living conditions and personal trauma, having felt that his mother was not there for him and his brother, and that his Mother preferred the company of his Step-Father them.
We meditated for some time between Mother, Step-Father and Children and eventually came to an amicable working arrangement.