Identity and Belonging 2018

Identity and Belonging

Gangs, schools and community: Psychology, research and practice

Organisers: Kent Educational Psychology Service and the University of Kent

Gangs and serious youth violence are an urgent concern across the UK. A recent report by the Children's Commissioner estimated that more than 45,000 young people between the ages of 10 and 18 are gang members, many joining as a result of coercion and exploitation. This conference, hosted jointly by the School of Psychology at the University of Kent and Kent Educational Psychology Service, will present current research and practice on the nature of gangs and the varied and complex reasons why young people get involved. It will explore practical strategies that education, social care and psychology professionals can use to support this 'at risk' group.

The one-day event includes presentations, Q&A sessions, interactive workshops and opportunities for networking.  A varied and inspiring line-up of speakers include: Sammy Woodhouse (campaigner, author, activist), Stephanie Waddell (Early Intervention Foundation), Mark Pearson and James Hensman (Excelsior Safeguarding), Kendra Houseman (Out of the Shadows), and Dr Jane Wood (Forensic Psychologist, University of Kent). Additional sessions and speakers to be announced. See the speaker biographies and presentations page for further information.

Date: Wednesday 11 July 2018, 9.00-16.00
Venue: Darwin College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NY

Places at the conference cost £99 and can be booked here. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For more information please contact Jackie Fotheringham at or on 01227 824804.

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