Youth Violence and Knife Crime in London Today: Going beyond the superficial approaches
A Thinking Space Special Event
Paul Kassman - Director of Changing the Game
Anyone, but especially a black teenager, can be a victim of knife crime or youth violence, resulting in pain and anguish for families, friends and community. Over the past 10 years there have been numerous promises by politicians to fix our “broken society” and tackle youth violence and knife crime, but these continue to be acute problems in “the greatest city on earth”. Youth violence and knife crime is often approached simplistically as a ‘lifestyle choice’ and a matter largely for the police and communities where such crimes most occur. However, the evidence overwhelmingly shows that it is a product of a range of factors including early childhood experience, brain development, socio-economic deprivation, and lack of timely interventions and positive opportunities for development of some of the most vulnerable young people in our society. This Thinking Space will go beyond the superficial approaches to explore the overlapping systemic and individual factors which underlie knife crime and youth violence today. It will also explore our role in this problem and what can be done to make a real difference.
Paul Kassman has worked with young people in London since 1989. Paul has worked in a variety of roles over the past 15 years including direct frontline work with young men in the Criminal Justice System who have been involved with violence and what has been termed as ‘gang culture’. He also spent 4 years as a senior policy officer at City Hall where he worked with local authorities and a range of statutory agencies to develop joined up and strategic approaches to tackling serious youth violence in London. In 2013, Paul established Changing the Game, a social enterprise which delivers therapeutically oriented group interventions to young men in prisons.
This event will take place on Thursday 21 March 2019, from 6.30pm - 8.30pm (refreshments served from 6.15pm).
It is being held in the Lecture Theatre at the Tavistock Centre, London
£40 (£20 concessions - students, unwaged, trust staff)