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UK Gang and Youth Crime

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Chris Hobbs – Retired Police Officer
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Chris Hobbs – Retired Police Officer

Retired Met Police Officer of 32 years, Chris Hobbs, discusses his experiences in the Met. In this video Chris shares his view on the current rise of youth gangs and knife crime and some of the reasons for this. Chris discusses many aspects of his police career including working in Southall during a time of great […]
Nathaniel Peat –
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Nathaniel Peat – The Safety Box® CIC

Road life is dead! In this short but highly motivational video, the inspirational Nathaniel Peat, CEO of The Safety Box® CIC, asks all young people to rise up, to see the impact of their actions and to believe that they can aspire higher and make a positive impact! A message for all young people.
Craig Pinkney – Criminologist (Part 3)
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Craig Pinkney – Criminologist (Part 3)

In this third short video, from expert urban youth specialist and Criminologist, Craig Pinkney, he addresses the question of what would he tell a young person threatened by the prospect of violence?    
Cure Violence – Elvin’s Story
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Cure Violence – Elvin’s Story

This second video from Cure Violence, looks at Elvin’s story and how violence interruption changed his life. Elvin talks about his background and the circumstances that led to his involvement in drug dealing from the age of 9, to his arrest, at just 13. He was released from prison at the age of 25. He […]
Cure Violence – A Public Health Model
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Cure Violence – A Public Health Model

This introductory video from Cure Violence, explains the concept and principles behind their pioneering methods. Whilst brief, it is very poignant and talks about life from a young persons perspective. Those who are exposed to environments that feature recurrent violence whether that is at home, at school, in the neighbourhood or elsewhere. For these young […]
Cherie Johnson – Family and Behavioural Therapist
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Cherie Johnson – Family and Behavioural Therapist

In this very insightful presentation Cherie discusses her background, work and why she created Shared Intense Support, which is a 24 hour support service for girls seeking to exit the gang lifestyle, serious violence and sexual exploitation. Cherie discusses the reality that certain girls and young women choose gang lifestyle. She argues that whilst many […]
Trina O’Connor – Criminologist
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Trina O’Connor – Criminologist

Trina O’Connor presents a perspective from Ireland that focusses on Dublin and surrounding areas. In this 10 minute point of view, Trina talks about the recent events in Dublin and how this has contributed to an increase criminal activity, drug dealing and inner city violence. She refers to events in 2016 and the aftermath, which […]
Steve Warner – Deputy Head Teacher
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Steve Warner – Deputy Head Teacher

Steve Warner, Deputy Head Teacher, discusses the very forward thinking, ‘Beyond the Gate’ initiative, that has been implemented at his school. It is important to state that this was not in response to a gang issue. On the contrary, the school is successful and the students feel safe, but the school recognises the role it […]
Craig Pinkney – Criminologist
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Craig Pinkney – Criminologist (Part 2)

We are delighted to present the second video from the brilliant Craig Pinkney discussing how we can start to deal with the issues of violence on our streets. In this impassioned and articulate discussion, Craig talks about how we understand the culture of violence, how territories have always been a source of conflict and how […]
Janette Collins – The Crib
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Janette Collins – The Crib (Part 3 of 3)

In this final video from Crib founder, Janette Collins, she discusses the reality of experiencing trauma and how it impacts mental wellbeing. Janette talks about the effect of young people witnessing extreme violence or deaths involving friends, in areas they know well. She touches on how these sometimes recurrent events, cause immense emotional trauma for […]
Janette Collins – The Crib
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Janette Collins – The Crib (Part 2 of 3)

In this second video from Janette Collins, founder of the Hackney based Crib, she discusses the history of the organisation, her motivations and how she started out by meeting and talking with young people on the streets. Presenting another very frank and honest perspective, Janette talks about the range of services that she and her […]
Janette Collins – The Crib
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Janette Collins – The Crib (Part 1 of 3)

Janette Collins founder of the CRIB, in Hackney, London, discusses many aspects of community life and and how society has altered. In this, the first of three videos, Janette talks about her personal involvement in youth work since 1978. She talks about how things have changed within communities and the past desire to support each […]
Jane Evens – Life Change Coach
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Jane Evans – Life Change Coach

Jane discusses how issues related to attachment, fear and trauma in early childhood can have a dramatic impact on young people and their mental wellbeing. In this very interesting and enlightening presentation Jane discusses how early childhood trauma and attachment needs can shape a young persons perception of safety. Jane discusses her past experiences with […]
Ashley Bertie – Assistant Crime Commissioner
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Ashley Bertie – Assistant Crime Commissioner

Ashley Bertie Assistant Crime Commissioner for WM PCC, discusses how WM sought to work closely with the communities to build a progressive strategy to deal with the increase in Gang and Youth related crime. In this insightful and forward thinking presentation, Ashley discusses how the Gun and Violence Commission was set up in the WM. […]
Mathew Shaer – West Midlands Police
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Mathew Shaer – West Midlands Police

Mat Shaer from West Midlands Police provides his personal perspective on gang and youth crime. In this thought provoking insight, Mat discusses his background and prolonged experience in homicide, youth and gang crime, his time in the MET and his two year secondment to the London Youth Violence board.  Mat talks about his pride in […]
Rhiannon Sawyer – The Children’s Society
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Rhiannon Sawyer – The Children’s Society

This is one of the most comprehensive and stark insights into what is going with County Lines you will find. In this video Rhiannon Sawyer, area manager for London at the UK Childrens Society discusses how Organised Crime Groups are impacting young people throughout the entire country and how vulnerable young people and in some cases […]
Grace Robinson – Researcher
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Grace Robinson – Gangs Researcher

Grace presents her highly informative research on Child Exploitation and County Lines. Grace decided to undertake this research following discussion with various Merseyside Police and front line child intervention support staff, who voiced concerns about the growing numbers of young children being brought into the criminal justice system. This highlighted a clear connection with drug […]
Neil Woods – LEAP UK
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Neil Woods – LEAP UK

The highly regarded and greatly respected former undercover police officer and chairman of LEAP UK Neil Woods, discusses his personal observations and experiences of County Lines. He explores how Organised Crime Groups (OCG’s) infiltrate communities, through the manipulation and grooming of young, vulnerable children, who are used in the supply and distribution of illegal drugs. […]
Kelly Reid – The Crib Parent’s Voice
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Kelly Reid – The Crib/Parent’s Voice (part 2)

In this second video POV from Kelly Reid at the CRIB (parents voice) she discusses how youth violence and gangs have evolved in the Hackney area. She talks about the issue of the media and 24×7 social media amplifying the events that occur, causes increased fear and anxiety for all concerned. She points to the […]
Amani Simpson – Founder and CEO of Aviard
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Amani Simpson – Founder of Aviard Inspires CIC

At the age of 21, Amani was stabbed 7 times during a confrontation and failed robbery. This proved to be a turning point in Amani’s life. He experienced an epiphany in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and rediscovered his faith. He believes he was very fortunate to survive and that he was […]
Dr Emma Agnew – Clinical Psychologist
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Dr Emma Agnew – Clinical Psychologist

Dr Emma Agnew, discusses her research into young people and gangs. In this frank and thought provoking analysis, Emma discusses the many young people she has worked with who have had gang involvement. She is particularly interested in the language and narratives frequently used that serve to label young people and provoke many responses from […]
Nathaniel Peat – Founder and CEO Safety Box
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Nathaniel Peat – The Safety Box® CIC

We are delighted to be able to present the high energy, highly motivated, The Safety Box ® CIC CEO, Nathaniel Peat. Nathaniel talks in a very passionate and inspiring way about why The Safety Box ® was set up and how the strategies were built in consultation with many professionals. The Safety Box ® work […]
Patsy McKie – Mothers Against Violence
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Patsy McKie – Mothers Against Violence

The remarkable Patsy McKie, founder of Mothers Against Violence in Manchester, discusses why the organisation was created and talks about the support that MAV provide. Patsy touches on her own tragic loss, her faith and how we all need to work together to create change for young people. Patsy shares her views on the impact […]
Sheldon Thomas – Gangsline
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Sheldon Thomas – Gangsline

Sheldon Thomas, former gang member, founder and Chief Executive of Gangsline, discusses the work being done by the organisation. This involves former gang members training and delivering gang prevention workshops and further extends into consulting with government, police, schools, PRU workers and others. Sheldon discusses the increases in knife crime and the failure of several […]
Dr Mohammed Rahman – Criminologist
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Dr Mohammed Rahman – Criminologist

Mohammed provides a highly informed introduction to the UK gangland scene. He discusses the complexity around how we define and distinguish such communities, talks about those involved and how in the UK attention focusses on the often reported activities of urban street gangs. However Mohammed also discusses how these urban gangs are in fact becoming […]
Dr Paul Andell – Criminologist
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Dr Paul Andell – Criminologist

Highly respected Criminologist and expert on gangs and criminal justice, Dr Paul Andell discusses his research into UK gangs and the complex relationships between organised crime groups, urban street gangs and younger more vulnerable individuals and communities. This is a fascinating insight into how policy has changed, how urban gangs are evolving into semi-organised crime […]
Richard Carr – Criminologist
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Richard Carr – Criminologist

Highly respected former Merseyside Police Detective Inspector, Criminologist and Lecturer, Richard Carr, discusses the impact of serious organised crime. He confirms the immense cost to the UK economy (£37bn per year) of policing these OCG’s, who are responsible for the large scale importation of drugs and are behind more UK deaths than counter terrorism. He goes […]
Craig Pinkney – Criminologist
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Craig Pinkney – Criminologist (Part 1)

The highly informed and much respected Criminologist and urban youth specialist, Craig Pinkney, discusses why violence is erupting on our streets. In this fascinating and powerful presentation, Craig discusses the realities of how stereotypes have been built in the UK that fail to recognise the spectrum that truly exists. He then explores the differing communities […]
Kelly Reid – The Crib Parent’s Voice
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Kelly Reid – The Crib Parent’s Voice

Kelly who works for the CRIB social inclusion project, discusses why Parents Voice was created. In this very insightful discussion she explores the realities of what it is like to be a parent of someone drawn into gang culture. How young people are drawn into this environment, how some are groomed, the gifts they are […]
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