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.
This 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 coalface 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).
“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'.
Dr Carlotta Raby is founder of Luna Children’s Charity and has worked with children and young people for over fifteen years in a variety of settings. Carlotta has trained in psychology, integrative arts psychotherapy, bio-psycho-social psychotherapy, and international human rights law. She specialised in psychotraumatology and the treatment of PTSD in children, and designed the Children’s Accelerated Trauma Technique (CATT). She has worked for the NHS, voluntary sector and privately, as well as internationally. She currently works as a clinical psychologist in an adolescent inpatient setting, and also as a practice tutor on the CYP IAPT programme at the IoPPN.
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.