Care, Crime, Chaos: Conference addresses the impact of childhood trauma on young people with challenging behaviour

Tuesday, 17th September, 2013
The Y is bringing together expert knowledge at a conference on 18th September which aims to enable a change in the way young people’s services address challenging behaviour to get the best outcomes for young people. Care, Crime, Chaos: It's normal to be screwed up! is all about understanding how childhood histories impact on young people at the most vulnerable time of making the transition to adulthood.

Over 150 professionals local, regional and national will come together to hear from key speakers such as Kate Cairns, an author, speaker and trainer with an international reputation for her work on trauma in relation to young people. Other speakers include Louise Wilkinson from the Child Brain Injury Trust and Mark Sampson, the Deputy Head at Keyham Lodge and Millgate Federation, Leicester schools for boys with behavioural difficulties.

The inspiration for the event is the development of the Y-POD Project funded by Big Lottery Fund, which has been working for the past year with some of the most marginalised and complex young people leaving care or custody in Leicester. The intensive support project has learnt from these behaviour specialists about how trauma in childhood can impact on teenagers and enabled support workers to explore strategies for addressing their behaviour.

Paul Brown, Chief Executive of The Y said: “This conference is an opportunity for The Y to share some key learning that has influenced our understanding of complex needs and how young people develop resilience. We hope it will help other support services to gain better outcomes for young people.”

Y-POD was launched in September 2012 in partnership with Leicester City Council, Connexions Leicester City and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Councillor Vi Dempster will open the conference.

Young people’s stories
The conference will include audio sound-bites from young people currently working with Y-POD speaking about their experiences growing up, their current challenges and their hopes for the future. Some young people will also be helping at the conference.

“Basically about four years ago now I used to live with my Mum at my Mum’s address and something bad happened and Mum tried to kill herself and then my Dad, who’d never really been in my life, came into my life and I didn’t like him. And then we moved into his house and Mum and Dad got married then my Dad’s sort of strict cos he was in the army and then he kicked me out and everything he goes by my Mum goes by, she just listens to him you know what I mean. And since then I’ve never really had no relationship with them.” Young person

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