- Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner for England
- Sean Yates Head of Knife Crime, Scotland Yard
- Abi Billinghurst, Founder & CEO, Abianda
- Jamel Fraser, Youth Consultant, MAC-UK
- Steven Gowen Gangs, Researcher, Hackney Integrated Gangs Unit
- Dr Simon Harding, Associate Professor in Criminology, University of West London
- Tom Isaac, Youth Support Manager - Oasis Youth Support (OYS), St Thomas Hospital
- Dawn Jones, Co-Founder, The Daniel Fox Foundation
- Nathan Jones, Hubs Project Manager, Oasis Church Waterloo
- Will Linden, Acting Director, Violence Reduction Unit Scotland
- Gavin McKenna, CEO, Reach Every Generation
- Chris Sephton, Detective Chief Inspector, Merseyside Police
- Stu Thomson, Head of Youth Services, Oasis Hub Waterloo
- Randene Cameron, Youth Trainer, Abianda
“... the Government is determined... to break the deadly cycle of violence that devastates the lives of individuals, families and communities
...” Amber Rudd.
The New Serious Violence Strategy (SVS), was published by the Home Office on the 9th of April, 2018. Our timely Knife Crime Conference, created after in-depth research with leading specialists, past delegates, and key stakeholders, will examine issues contributing to knife crime and how to tackle it. It will give you the opportunity to hear from the experts, trailblazers, and frontline practitioners, as well as ex-perpetrators, working collaboratively in innovative ways to confront knife crime.
Our conference and the SVS announcement coincide with an alarming swell in knife crime over the past twelve months, a crisis underlined by worrying statistics.
The London Murder rate is set for a 13 year high; official figures show that Police in England and Wales recorded 37,443 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in the year  to September (a 21% rise on the previous year); knife crime costs the NHS £270 million.
"I've had (children) as young as nine years of age with stab wounds and gunshot wounds
” Dr Martin Griffiths, lead surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust.
Who should attend
This conference is designed for all those working in the field of knife and gang crime: in the Police Force and Criminal Justice, Government departments and agencies, charities, community organisations, and youth groups. It will be an opportunity to hear from experts, learn best practice, and engage and network with your peers.