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Join us at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre on 10th March 2020, where you will hear from individuals who work in fields associated with the effects of gangs and youth violence. They will each offer a different perspective on causes, consequences and solutions to the problem.
This special focus conference aims to provide delegates with opportunities to:
Consider how a child or young person who is actively involved in gang or County Lines network activity are themselves being exploited and manipulated
To reflect on the complexities of the dual role of young people as both victims & perpetrators
Learn about collaborative & multi-agency approaches and consider how these may be applied to their own settings and circumstances
To learn how Attachment Aware & Trauma Informed settings and approaches can play a vital role in:
Identifying those at risk at an early stage
Providing a safe & reliable base
Allowing access to other services to help young people avoid &/or extricate themselves from gang influence
Help them to realise a safer future
Duncan Bew, trauma surgeon and director of major trauma at King's College Hospital
Duncan will not only share his experiences of treating the victims of knife crime and youth violence, but also his journey of understanding the issue and the work that he has done subsequently around prevention.
Interviewed for the Evening Standard in 2019 Duncan Bew told them of the surge in patients suffering from injuries that have been inflicted "with intent to kill".
Duncan Bew, of King's College Hospital, said young people are carrying weapons "because they are afraid" and feel "like they have to protect themselves".
And he said the majority of injuries he sees are caused by "improvised weapons or household cutlery" rather than so-called Zombie knives.
Simeon Moore a writer, musician and advocate for young people. He was a member of a notorious Birmingham gang
The Culture Killing Our Youth
Simeon’s presentation will be based on the journey of his life to show how poor environmental factors and negative mental programming effect young people and are the driving forces of gang culture, youth violence and knife crime. It will also detail how Simeon was able to turn his life around and the positive factors which, allowed him to do so.
Interviewed for the BBC Simeon Moore recalls what it was like growing up…
Growing up, Moore recalls how the people he saw "doing well" were doing "gangster stuff" and how aged 11, he joined in - robbing, stealing and selling drugs, before progressing onto carrying weapons.
"That's where I got my inspiration from," he says candidly. "I [was] only going to go one way.
"But if anyone who leads that kind of life says they like it, they're lying.
Dr Lola Abudu - Deputy Director Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England, West Midlands Centre
Adversity, Attachment and Violence Prevention
Ten years of austerity have contributed to significant challenges facing children, young people and their families and carers. Dr Lola Abudu will explore the relationships between adversity, attachment in the context of the increasing rates of serious violence and youth violence. Violence is now recognised as a public health issue. A multiagency and multidisciplinary approach is essential to tackling its root causes and mitigating the impacts on individuals and communities of experiencing violence in all its forms. Dr Abudu will challenge the audience to consider how early years providers, primary schools and other educational settings can make their contribution to these efforts. Specifically, how can this work effectively join up with local place based approaches to violence prevention and the developing Violence Reduction Units?
As part of the day, delegates will have an opportunity to talk to those already working within projects in order to find a solution suitable to their situation. They will provide a poster presentation explaining the key points as well as presenting to smaller groups at dedicated times during the day.
Building Resilience Project – Supporting Families Against Youth Crime
Can psychological models support schools in contextual safeguarding around youth violence?
Identifying those at risk of joining gangs & offering diversion opportunities
Stoke City Football Club’s violence reduction programme
How can community-based organisations help prevent young people becoming involved with gangs and crime?
More themes to be added soon!
These differing perspectives will not only offer an insight into the effects and realities of gang membership for young people, but they will offer creative and realistic approaches for those who are attempting to work with this population.
Prior to the conference delegates may wish to consider:
What are the vulnerabilities of the children and young people in their area? (socio-economic, demographic, geography, culture, history etc?)
What are the maintaining factors that prevent the problems from being reduced or eradicated?
Are there any protective factors that could be exploited in preventing or reducing the harm done by gangs and criminal networks?
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