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1st February 2019
From risk to relationship: Tackling, youth violence and negative behaviour

A one-day event exploring how to help young people who make destructive choices


When: 30th March, 9.30am – 4pm
Where: Oasis Church Waterloo, 1 Kennington Road, London
Tickets: £40 including lunch (concessions available)

Tragically, 2018 will be remembered as the year that youth-violence reached a record high.  And in communities across the country, negative behaviour among young people is manifesting itself in a variety of problems that will never hit the headlines.

Young people today are facing pressures of an unprecedented nature.  What the media narrative often fails to grasp is that youth violence is just one consequence of these pressures.  Those same pressures are causing young people to lack in self-worth and make negative and destructive choices.

For several years, Oasis has operated a youth support service out of two London hospitals, helping young people in danger of violence.  Through this – and with over 35 years of wider youth work, research and training – we have gained crucial insights into the factors that influence negative behaviour in whatever form it manifests itself and crucially, how and how to facilitate transformation. 

Join us for a one-day event in central London to explore:

  • How to challenge negative behaviour through positive relationships
  • The issues behind youth violence and how to work with young people in such situations 
  • Facilitating conflict transformation
  • The issues and wider narratives - political, social and theological
  • Practical ways of working with young people when challenging negative behaviour 

This event is for anyone who has a desire to either start working with young people or for those who want to deepen their knowledge and practice.

We have a stellar range of contributors ready to spend the day with you. These include:

  • Rev Steve Chalke - Steve is a Baptist minister and youth worker who founded Oasis in 1985.  Today, Oasis is a global charity that works with 50,000 young people and their families.  Steve is also senior minister of Oasis Church Waterloo and a well-known Christian author, speaker and broadcaster.
  • Professor John Pitts – John is the Vauxhall Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Bedfordshire. John has worked in publishing and as a school teacher; a street and club-based youth worker; a group worker in a young offender institution and as a consultant on youth crime and youth justice to the police and youth justice and legal professionals in the UK.
  • Karis Theophane - The founder of Karismatic Minds, Karis has worked in some of the toughest boroughs in London as a Youth Worker, Family Support Worker and a Girls Specialist within the Criminal Justice System. Karis inspired and motivated over 2,000 students across the country in 2 years. Karis set up JFB Jerk Grill business.
  • Abdul-Karim Abddullah – With 10 years experience of working with young people, Karim is a Pathway Coordinator and was recently received the prestigious National Diversity Award.
  • Dr. David Bailey, DTh Min, MA, FHEA - David is Senior Lecturer in Practical Theology at Oasis College and Oasis’ Theology and Training specialist.  He has 18 years’ experience of working with young people in the voluntary sector, an MA in Youth Ministry and Theological Education (Kings College London) and a research Doctorate in Theology and Ministry (also from Kings College). His research interests are the interplay and dialogue between Trinitarian theology, missiology and youth ministry practice. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, publishes regularly, and is a contributor and speaker at academic conferences. David is Associate Editor for the Journal of Youth and Theology, published by Brill.
  • Tom Isaac - Tom has 12 years’ experience working with at-risk and vulnerable young people and adults in urban settings, the last 7 years of which have been as Youth Support Manger of the award winning youth violence intervention and prevention service - Oasis Youth Support at St Thomas Hospital.
  • Stu Thomson – Stu has worked with young people who are at risk for 30 years. Stu is the Head of Youth Services at Oasis Waterloo, and was the sole winner of Radio 4’s iPM New Year Honours Award in 2013 for his work with young people and the community.


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