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HOW TO RESPOND TO CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS WHO BEHAVE THEIR TRAUMA: PSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE (through gangs, violence, vandalism, stealing, lying, bullying, fire-setting etc)

HOW TO RESPOND TO CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS WHO BEHAVE THEIR TRAUMA: PSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE (through gangs, violence, vandalism, stealing, lying, bullying, fire-setting etc)
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October 26, 2019 10:00 am until October 26, 2019 5:00 pm

CCMH, 2-18 Britannia Row, London N1 8PA, UK

HOW TO RESPOND TO CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS WHO BEHAVE THEIR TRAUMA: PSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE (through gangs, violence, vandalism, stealing, lying, bullying, fire-setting etc)

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About the conference

This conference will focus on those children and young people who have never known secure attachment and caring, rather they have suffered chronic developmental trauma which has left them with unbearable psychological pain. To cope they have cut off from any feelings of vulnerability and given up all hope of being loved or cared for. Many identify with the aggressors they have known and enter into a dog eat dog world. Society’s reaction is often one of contempt and/or utter helplessness.

The conference will support delegates to understand why children and young people choose a life of crime and violence, the events that lead up to this, the impact of developmental trauma on developing brain, mind and body that informs these tragic life choices. Presenters will address the allure of gangs and violence and how the young person’s need for attachment are met and their stimulation, recognition, structure and incident hungers (Eric Berne) satisfied by being in the world in this way.

All the presenters have worked at the coal face in deeply moving ways with these vulnerable children and young people. They will talk about what made the difference, what melted defences, what led to forming a meaningful healing connection, often for the first time. They will inform delegates how to help young people to make the shift from past caring’ to caring and daring to trust and love often for the first time.


PC Jodie Fellows

Jodie is a Trauma Informed Schools Practitioner and has specialist training in Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) child interviewer, Protest Liaison Officer, Police Drugs Tester, Level 3 Multi Agency Child and Adult Safeguarding and Police Cadet Unit leader. Her experience includes frontline policing, four years with Criminal Investigation Team (interviewing prisoners, conducting investigations, taking witness statements, Officer in the Case for court trials) and five years as Youth Intervention Police Officer (preventing offending and reoffending, working with schools, colleges, community groups, statutory agencies/voluntary sector, issuing police cautions via restorative caution clinics with Youth Offending Service).

Craig Pinkney 

Craig Pinkney

“I’m all about bridging the gap between academia and the streets” (Craig Pinkney)

Craig Pinkney is a Criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist, Lecturer at University College Birmingham and is one of the UK's leading thinkers/doers in responding to Gangs and Serious Youth Violence. He is a JNC qualified Youth Worker with over 15 years' experience as an Outreach Worker, Transformational Speaker, Gang Exit Strategist, Mediator, Mentor and Filmmaker. He is currently a PhD candidate in Social Sciences at Birmingham City University focussing on ‘Making Sense of Social Media, Gangs and Youth Violence Inside England’s Gun Crime Capital'.

More info: www.craigpinkney.com

Dr Carlotta Raby


Dr Carlotta Raby is founder of Action for Child Trauma International (ACTI) (formerly known as Luna Children’s Charity) and originator of the Children’s Accelerated Trauma Technique (CATT). ACTI offers under-resourced organisations around the world, that are working with children and young people affected by war, conflict or natural disaster, access to the CATT training on a humanitarian basis. Carlotta is also Founding Director of Trauma Psychology UK, an organisation which provides specialist training and consultation globally to practitioners and organisations working with individuals affected by psychological trauma. Carlotta is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. Carlotta has additionally undertaken further training in international human rights law, and worked with various mental health charities in the UK as a participation and children’s rights consultant. Carlotta’s research has focussed on ‘human wrongs’, and in particular; serious group violence. Her most recent research involved an international systematic review of risks for male street gang affiliation, and the development of a screening measure for children and young people at risk of later gang affiliation (with the aim of providing targeted early intervention and prevention). Carlotta currently works for the NHS in a Tier 4 CAMHS inpatient setting, delivers training for Trauma Psychology UK, and acts as an Expert Witness for the Family Court.

Tanayah Sam


“The best opportunities to overcome offending are found in unlikely places. But firstly, if you can understand just how toxic the revolving door to re-offending is, and can seek out those who share a new belief system, then you can break those corrosive chains.” (Tanayah Sam)

Tanayah Sam is living proof that the destructive cycle of re-offending can be broken. His harrowing but uplifting life story shows that no-one is beyond help and that solutions to issues such as gangs, extremism and violent crime can be found. Tanaya runs non-profit organisations Tanayah Sam Associates and One 2 Engage, working with young people in schools and prisons who are part of, or at risk of, joining gang culture, as well as those vulnerable to extremist influences. 

Article about Tanayah Sam and mentoring programme here




CCMH, 2-18 Britannia Row, London N1 8PA, UK

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