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 we must understand this is not a new issue.

Craig explores the role of parents, relationships, communication, trauma and mental health at home, how the communities and faith leaders must seek to engage with troubled communities and how they can help change attitude and thinking. Further to this Craig explores the perception of the police, how stereotyping causes conflict, the past issues that have been left unresolved and how policy needs to evolve. Craig challenges the local authorities and their appreciation of the issues and whether the necessary expertise and collaboration is consistently in place to deal with the local and community issues. He raises the role of government and whether we are seeking to understand what has happened elsewhere, whether we truly appreciate approaches taken in other countries or locations that have considered and dealt with this as a public health problem, and how these approaches may fit certain solutions needed now.

Moving away from individual areas of the community Craig discusses how consumerism also plays a part in what is happening and the role certain companies play in putting their goals of profit before the sensitivities of certain demographics and communities.

Craig concludes by saying that this is an issue for us all. We should not seek to point the finger of blame at young people exclusively, nor the police, nor the local communities, or any other single part of society. It is an issue that we all must seek to resolve and and understand how we can collectively respond in a way that makes positive and lasting changes.



Craig Pinkney

Craig Pinkney is a highly respected, international criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist, Lecturer and one of the UK’s leading thinkers/doers in Responding to Urban Disaffection, Gangs, & Serious Youth Violence. He has over 14 years’ experience as an outreach worker, transformational speaker, gang exit strategist, mediator, mentor and filmmaker. He is known for working with some of the city’s most challenging young people, potentially high-risk offenders and victims of gang violence and youth who are deemed as hard to reach. Through mentoring, discussion, advocacy, sport, media, film and faith based interventions, he aims to give a platform to young people, that he believes will raise attainment and promote positive social change.



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