England & Wales Communities and society

Webinar: Radicalisation and Gang Culture



Join us in the first of three webinars where we look at “radicalisation” in the UK and  we examine radicalisation and the influence of gang culture.

There is a growing trend of child exploitation within UK gang culture. It ruins lives and disrupts families. It is a disease that preys on vulnerable and impressionable children, as young as 10 years old, who are being targeted and groomed by older gang members that coerce them into committing serious criminal acts that often end in gun and knife violence

It also leads to radicalisation where Islamic extremists target young ethnic minorities and white working class boys are targeted by right-wing extremists. Gangs become their new homes where they find order, authority and belonging that society and often parents no longer offer.


Event run in association with GlobalNet21
Event run in association with GlobalNet21

This webinar will be led by Sheldon Thomas, the Founder and Chief Executive of Gangsline. He will discuss why gangs become instruments of radicalisation, the problems of developing an exit strategy and what communities and local authorities can do to address this problem

Sheldon is hailed as a leading expert in gang culture and is both an advisor to the Home Office and New Scotland Yard on gang culture and violence, and to Trident, which is, a specialist unit dealing with black-on-black gun related crime. Sheldon regularly sits in on the Home Office roundtable discussions and has contributed to the Home Office ‘Ending Gang Violence’ Strategy (2011). He also currently provides strategic and tactical advice to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Newham on gang-related activity and informs on cross-border issues for the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge.

Who should attend?

This is webinar will be of value to both elected members and officers involved in radicalisation and gang culture.