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Online Training: Social Media, Gangs and Youth Violence Training

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This 3 hour online training course will help practitioners put forward proactive interventions to engage & tackle this prevalent & challenging issue. Social media now plays a central role in the lives and the way of young people behave in the United Kingdom. Recent surveys indicate that around 96% of 13 to 18 year olds use social media platforms and nearly a quarter of teenagers aged 13-17 are ‘almost constantly’ checking their social media accounts.

As young people continue to expand and integrate their activity on social media into their daily lives, it is unsurprising that online-offline boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred. Whilst social media offers huge potential to enhance the quantity and quality of communication between people across the world, it is also raising some serious challenges.

One the challenges is the rise in youth and gang violence linked to the use of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Periscope and Snapchat) to advocate a range of violent incidents. More importantly the use of social media now being used within criminal justice to demonstrate the motivations of violence amongst young people in communities.

With a perfect blend of theory and practical skills that you can use with young people.

This training consists of real-time sessions & techniquesdiscussion groups and opportunities to practice and network with each other.

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  • Threats and provocation in music videos
  • Idealised online identities
  • Social pressures – Celebrity culture and the importance of audience approval
  • Vulnerability of young women
  • Daily exposure to online violence
  • Negative implications for education and employment
  • Discuss services available

This training can be linked to your continued professional development CPD and is a great way to network with other professionals

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The session combines various teaching methods, including:

  • Discussion
  • Presentation.
  • An experiential exercise.
  • Small group and pair work.
  • Whole group discussion.


“Outstanding course!! very engaging and charismatically delivered”

“Brilliant trainer; was kept engaged whole time and right levels of opportunity to participate. Trainer had very good knowledge on subject and how we can help young people”

“Excellent course; very detailed knowledge and explanations to ensure understanding”

“Excellent! Down to earth approach”

“Good pace and excellent resources!”

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Practitioners working with young people in groups or 1-1 settings, e.g. school staff, youth workers, residential care workers:

• Class teacher
• Learning Mentor
• Pastoral Lead
• Teaching Assistant
• Family support Worker
• Headteacher
• Assistant Head
• Social Worker
• Nurse
• Support Worker
• Youth Worker
• Parents & Carers
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Craig Pinkney is a Criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist and Director at Solve: The Centre for Youth Violence and Conflict CIC (UK). Craig is an experienced Youth Worker and academically holds a BA (Hons) in Youth & Community Development (JNC), Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Post Graduate Certificate in Research, Masters in Criminology and is currently a PhD Researcher in Social Sciences at Birmingham City University.

Craig has over 16 years of experience as an outreach worker, transformational speaker, international gang exit strategist, mediator, mentor and filmmaker. He is well known for working with some of countries most challenging young people, potentially high-risk offenders, victims of gang violence and youth who are deemed most hard to reach.

Craig is also the UK lead for the EU Gangs Project, an advisor for the Ministry of Justice in Jamaica, and a visiting lecturer, specialising in Youth Violence, Urban Street Gangs, Social Media, Trauma Informed Practice, Race and Crime and Black men’s desistance.

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Our training courses are designed to build your understanding of key issues and give you the confidence to make a difference in young people’s lives



July 16
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Just like our ticketed events, we can deliver to a specific group or organisation, usually at a facility or a venue of the client’s choice.

We can deliver training to a group of people at your workplace, and tailor it to your needs.

Duration: Full day (flexible, but usually 10-4pm) or half day (3 hours)

Maximum participants: 22

The price includes a training pack with useful resources, end of course evaluation and a certificate of attendance.