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LGfL's SafeguardED team met academic and expert Craig Pinkney and senior leaders at the Imperium Federation to film a series of short practical advice videos for schools supporting communities with serious youth violence, gangs and knife crime.

We recommend you watch a few of these videos below and discuss in a staff meeting - there are some obvious questions in each video, plus each time, ask yourselves what might we do differently at our school as a result?

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    What actually is a gang, or a street gang?

    Is the label gang useful, and why does it matter?

    Should schools focus on knife crime or gangs?

    What one thing do schools need to understand about serious youth violence?

    Are today's young people more violent than they used to be, and what has changed?

    Why do young people get sucked into violence and what can we do about it?

    How can you tell that a child is vulnerable to gang grooming?

    How do you identify a young person who is at risk of joining a gang?

    What preventative steps can a school take to minimise serious youth violence?

    How can you stop a young person carrying a knife, or safeguard them when others do?

    Does social media encourage violence and what do teachers need to know about it?

    How do gangs use social media to groom young people and what do schools need to be aware of?

    How can we help young people to use social media positively?

    Does drill music encourage violence and what do teachers need to know about it?

    Should we call the police if a student has a knife?

    What should a school do if they are concerned that a student may be in a gang?

    What should a school do as soon as they suspect a student MIGHT carry a knife?

    What can we do if gang culture may have already arrived in our school?

    What should a school do as soon as they discover a student DOES carry a knife?

    How can a school be a gang alternative?

    How can a school avoid inadvertently alienating young people?

    How can schools and parents work in partnership to combat youth violence?

    What's the role of visiting experts and why are school staff and peers critically important, too?

    How are girls groomed to join gangs and what signs can we look for?

    What role can peers play in identifying students at risk?

    How can a school work with both victims and perpetrators of serious youth violence?

    How does gang culture infiltrate primaries and secondaries in different ways?

    What would you say to primary teachers who think SYV is a secondary school issue?

    Why are primary schools just as important as secondaries? What can they do?

    How can schools run successful prevention / intervention projects?

    What is the role of transition and PSHE in saving children and young people from gangs?

    How do you teach coping and resilience, whilst also helping YP to understand consequences?

    How do we teach peace versus rules and conflict?

    How can you communicate with young people who don't like talking about their problems?

    Case study: Turning around a student who has been drawn into a gang

    Case study: Building a school where gangs cannot flourish...without more time or money

    If you would like to hear more from Craig Pinkney in an extended piece (44 mins), why not watch his 2019 keynote presentation all about SYV issues below

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