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What impact does youth work have on addressing issues of Knife, Gun and Youth Crime?

In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox we speak to Glen Banks.

Project consultant at The Knife and Youth Crime Awareness Programme,  who specialises in addressing and preventing youth involvement in Knife Crime, Youth Gang Crime, Gun Crime and the surrounding issues.


Glen delivers hard hitting presentations with a number of very graphic images, that show young people to consequences of Knife and gun crime.




Glen’s presentations also address issues of Vulnerability of Young Women (inc. Teenage Rape) Bullying ( inc. Cyber ) Life in Prison Effects on Family Drugs / Alcohol which he delivered in  schools, colleges, pupil referral units, youth offending teams and prisons.





Glen Banks worked for the prison service from 1997-2009, in late 1999 along with two serving prisoners he founded and developed the “Drugs and Crime” Project.

Due to the continued success of this project Glen has since worked on numerous police, national and local government initiatives to help make our communities safer.

He works continually with areas of the Metropolitan Police, in particular North London schools in and around Enfield and Harringey.
Glen was asked to help set up a similar project for the West Mercia Police in Aberdeen and also has worked with the Dutch media showing the parallels of knife/gun and gang cultures between the United Kingdom and Holland.

In 2004 he received the Butler Trust award at Buckingham Palace from the Princess Royal along with other winners from the prison service.
In 2006 he became the first county winner in Northamptonshire of the Criminal Justice Awards for Tackling Youth Crime and in November 2007 was in the finals of the National Justice Awards for his outstanding work in the communities.

In 2009 the nominations included Northamptonshire’s High Sherriff Community Foundation Award and also the Criminal Justice Awards for Tackling Youth Crime



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Listen to find out:

How 2 prisoners helped Glen develop his youth project.

Glen’s Theory of Invisibility.

Why Glen believes effective youth workers need to be Mavericks.

How Glen’s dedication to young people caused him to lose his house.


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Check out Glen’s Website: GLENBANKSYCP.CO.UK

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