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 involved from rarely discussed Organised Crime Groups, to urban gangs and other more vulnerable young people and how their motivations and characteristics differ significantly. Craig discusses the realities of life for many young people, the increasing violence, fear and some of the many societal factors that contribute to the issue and in some cases can make gang life appear attractive.
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.