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‘BOYS TO MEN’:DEVELOPING RESILIENCE AND LEADERSHIP IN YOUNG MEN IN SCOTLAND

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Room D145, Paisley Campus, University of the West of Scotland (UWS)

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Across Scotland, the UK and the wider world our boys are struggling. Academically, in relationships and sexually our boys and young men are finding it hard to navigate a world where the phrase ‘be a man’ is often a scary statement. What does it mean?

Despite falling statistics in Scotland, murder and serious violence remains an issue. Despite welcome statistical reductions, levels of domestic abuse and sexual violence continue to rise. Furthermore, drug-related deaths and deaths by suicide continue to rise across Scotland. When we closely examine these issues, it is evident that boys and men play a major part in these statistics.

Do we ever stop and really look at what’s going on with boys and men? Why are young men most at risk of being both victims and perpetrators of violence? Why are they most at risk of dying by suicide in Scotland? Could we better help boys and men be the best they can be as well as supporting Scotland to be the safest country in the world?

The ‘Boys to Men’ CPD Programme aims to bring together a range of individuals with a passion to make it better for young men and to provide awareness on the above issues as well as tools to work more effectively with boys and young men.

The programme will be jointly delivered by Professor Ross Deuchar from the University of the West of Scotland and Graham Goulden, Cultivating Minds UK, a former Chief Inspector with the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit.

By the end of the CPD day individuals will be able to:

- Discuss the challenges facing boys and young men in Scotland, including the impact of childhood adversity.

- Explore and examine some of the dominant male stereotypes in Scotland.

- Describe the ways that we can make it better for boys.

- Discuss the outcomes they would like for boys and men to better equip them to deal with the challenges they face.

- Develop a stronger awareness and a range of tools and activities to better engage young men in discussing and reflecting on issues of masculinity.


A range of materials and teaching aids will be provided to all participants.

Tickets cost £99 and can be purchased via the UWS online Shop


Ross Deuchar, PhD, is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice within the University of the West of Scotland. He is known primarily for his research on youth gangs, masculinity, street culture and violence and also on policing and procedural justice. He constantly strives to include the excluded, and regularly produces research insights which prioritise the voices of the most disadvantaged in our society. He has worked with some of the most disadvantaged young people in Scotland, particularly young men, on the streets and in youth clubs, schools, secure accommodation and prisons. In 2016, he was the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright scholarship award and during the spring semester of 2016-17 was a Fulbright scholar-in-residence within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University in the USA, where he taught Criminology programmes to undergraduate and Masters students and engaged in a 4-month ethnographic research project exploring the policing of gang violence in the 'post-Ferguson’ era in some of the most disadvantaged communities in South Florida. Ross is the author of the highly acclaimed books, 'Gangs, Marginalised Youth and Social Capital' (2009, Trentham), 'Policing Youth Violence: Transatlantic Connections' (2013, IOE Press), and ‘Gangs and Spirituality: Global perspectives’ (2018, Palgrave MacMillan). He has has delivered keynotes and invited lectures and seminars across three Continents of the world.

Graham Goulden, BA, is an experienced and committed leadership and violence prevention trainer. For thirty years he was a Scottish police officer and Chief Investigator specialising in criminal investigation, drug investigation, training and crime prevention. For the last nine years of policing career he was a Chief Inspector and a key member of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit (VRU). During his time with the VRU Graham was instrumental in introducing the idea of how bystanders could be engaged to prevent abuse and violence. He was also instrumental in developing a conversation that began to engage boys and men in the prevention of all forms of violence and abuse, including suicide. Graham has delivered bystander prevention trainings in many different settings including high schools, colleges universities, in work places, in prisons, with military and police and with professional and amateur sports in the UK and United States. He has worked with many different individuals and groups using bystander activities to develop personal leadership. including hairdressers, dentists, vets, fire officers, police & prison officers, bar & security staff, the military as well as in local communities. Graham holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Studies and a Certificate in Training from Napier University, Edinburgh.

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