An evening seminar was held at Somerset House on Working with Gang Culture. The discussions were led by Sherrylyn Peck, CEO of Safer London; Anthony Gunter, Principal Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of East London and Andrew Whittaker, Associate Professor, School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University.
The seminar began by considering the concept of 'gang' and the extent to which it was useful in understanding the situations charted in the various research studies and official reports.
The relationships between young people's behaviour, family backgrounds, education, health, culture, deprivation, environment, policing and public and media perceptions were explored in order to establish more clearly the boundaries between what are the fundamental social issues as opposed to the moral panic about gangs that dominates public perceptions and is reinforced by distinct stereotypes and vocabularies.
A report of the seminar is here.