First special focus conference launches March 2020 – Gangs, Violence & the Attachment Solution

On Tuesday 10 March 2020, the Attachment Research Community (ARC) will hold its first special focus conference, Gangs, Violence & the Attachment Solution, at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre. This one-day conference has been developed due to the rising concerns from schools and settings regarding the safety and well-being of their young people.

Delegates will hear from individuals who work in fields associated with the effects of gangs and youth violence. Each speaker will each offer a different perspective on causes, consequences and possible 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:
    • o Identifying those at risk at an early stage
    • o Providing a safe & reliable base
    • o Allowing access to other services to help young people avoid &/or extricate themselves from gang influence
    • o Help them to realise a safer future


The line up so far includes; 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.

Delegates will also hear from Simeon Moore a writer, musician and advocate for young people. He was a member of a notorious Birmingham gang. Simeon now works to tackle what he sees as the glamorisation of gang culture. He brings vision, creativity and influence to positively impact on young people's lives. Simeon co-founded DatsTV, a new YouTube channel aiming to challenge and provide an alternative to those channels and music videos that glamorise gun and knife-culture, in order to encourage young people to walk away from gang violence.

Dr Lola Abudu, Deputy Director Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England, West Midlands Centre, will also be speaking on the day. Public Heath England have helped many professional organisations and agencies to learn, understand work with individuals affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s).

Andrew Wright, Chair of ARC said “We are so pleased to be able to host a dedicated day on a topic that is so prevalent in society today. We were being approached by many of our members asking for help and guidance on this topic. This special focus conference aims to support delegates in helping them consider varying aspects of gangs and youth violence and will hopefully give them the tools that they can take back with them to their school or setting in order to start making a difference to young people’s well-being. There is no clear answer but what we hope to achieve is a space where ideas and guidance can be explored in order to start them on their journey.”

Delegate prices start from £129 + VAT and includes access to hear from all speakers, lunch and a dedicated time to explore certain areas and network with colleagues from all over the country. To find out more and to book a place please visit the website


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