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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.

A must for any teacher or youth engagement worker

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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!”


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, Lecturer and director of Real ActionUK, a charitable, outreach organisation based in Birmingham, UK, which specialises in working with disaffected youth. He is an experienced youth worker and has a BA (Hons) in Youth & Community Development and an MA in Criminology.

Craig has over 13 years of experience as an outreach worker, transformational speaker, gang exit strategist, mediator, mentor and filmmaker. He is well known for working with some of Birmingham’s most challenging young people, potentially high-risk offenders, victims of gang violence and youth who are deemed most hard to reach.

Craig Pinkney also is a full-time lecturer at University College of Birmingham, specialising in youth violence, urban street gangs, extremism, trauma and Black men’s desistance.


At KIP Education, the experiences of professionals, and the young people they work with, are at the heart of our training programme. Each year we deliver training to over 10,000 professionals, and our expert trainers give you the practical skills to support the young people you work with.

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

KIP Education CIC is a boutique provider of innovative learning solutions for all organisations large or small. Our customised offerings are focused on reducing the cost of training while maximizing results.

KIP Education can provide training in your area for small or large groups.
To arrange a course please contact us.
For more information please visit our training course page.


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July 16
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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