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Expert Briefing Session from the Forum


The London Resettlement Forum

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May 2013 session

Our May session is on Understanding & Working With Gang Culture, and will be led by Junior Smart, above right, who leads the St Giles SOS Project.
The interactive session will cover:

  • Gangs: definitions, structures, perceptions versus reality.
  • What is the female experience? Is there such a thing as girl gangs? How are females recruited? Is the structure the same?
  • What are the risk factors? 
  • What support or interventions are in place? What needs to be done by practitioners?
  • Learning from best practice.

Junior joined St Giles Trust in 2006 upon his release from prison from where he served a 12 year sentence for a drug- and gang-related offence. With support from St Giles Trust he developed the award winning SOS project, now working with young offenders across the capital. It has helped close to 1,000 young people to date to turn their lives around. He also trains police, teachers, probation officers and prison staff on working with young people involved in gang activity and much more. His central focus is on conflict and violence desistance.

The session will be held on 21 May at St Mungo's, 7 King's Bench Street, London SE1 0QX, and will run from 2.30-4.30. The nearest Tube stations are Waterloo East, Southwark and Borough.

The sessions are free to attend but places are limited so you must request a place by emailing us at the address below.

Numbers of places allocated to any one organisation may be restricted to ensure the widest possible representation.

We hope you will be able to attend.

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London Resettlement Forum