april, 2020



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The Cognitive Centre is proud to present some of the most influential speakers and experts in the field of knife crime and gangs.  Join them to hear of their latest research, work and projects.  Booking via wendy@cognitivecentre.com

Our confirmed speakers include:

Chief Inspector Alastair Muir is Deputy Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit – a national centre of expertise in tackling violence. Working in partnership with Scottish Police and the Scottish Government the SVRU aims to prevent violence wherever it’s found from the streets, to classrooms, homes and workplaces. The SVRU has adopted a public health approach which treats violence as a disease and seeks to diagnose and analyse the root causes of violence in Scotland, then develop and evaluate solutions which can be scaled-up. The SRVU has moved on from campaigns focused on “stop and search” supported by metal detectors to projects aimed at prevention, diversion and support. Many forces are now looking to Scotland to find out how, as a country, they worked together to cut homicides by nearly 50% and reduce offensive weapon carrying by 64%. http://actiononviolence.org

 Craig Pinkney is a Criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist, Lecturer at the University College Birmingham and is one of the UK’s leading thinkers/doers in responding to Gangs and Serious Youth Violence. He is an JNC qualified Youth Worker with over 15 year’s experience as an Outreach Worker, Transformational Speaker, Gang Exit Strategist, Mediator, Mentor and Filmmaker. https://craigpinkney.com

John Poyton, is co-founder and CEO of Redthread, a London-based youth outreach charity. As a trained and experienced youth worker John took the reins of Redthread in 2009. He moved from a clinical practitioner role, working one to one with high-risk vulnerable young people, to lead on the vision and strategy for the organisation. Since then, Redthread has been working in partnership with London’s major trauma centre hospitals and has youth workers embedded in the A&E teams, working with victims to break the cycle of violence. In 2014 Redthread had a team of 7, now John leads a team of 30 and has embarked on plans to take their ground breaking model, having youth workers embedded within clinical teams, to hospitals in Nottingham and Birmingham. https://www.redthread.org.uk

 Abianda is a social enterprise that works with young women affected by gangs, and provides training for the professionals who work with them. They provide frontline services for young women aged 11 to 24, and training for social workers, youth workers, police, health professionals, foster carers and other audiences. Abianda was set up to address the gap in services for gang-affected young women and to change the way services are delivered to them, so they can more effectively respond to their needs. They do this through their unique model of practice – addressing the barriers that stop young women seeking help & working alongside them to design & deliver their services. http://abianda.com

 Dr Andrew Whittaker is Associate Professor and Head of the Serious Violence research cluster at London South Bank University. Over the past 30 years he has been a practicing social worker and researcher into the risks faced by young people. He leads a programme of research into gangs and trauma informed approaches, including the award-winning ‘Postcodes to Profits’ gang study. He is currently a commissioner for the Poverty and Inequality Commission chaired by Baroness Tyler and an expert advisor to the UK What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care. www.lsbu.ac.uk



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