Key Points
  • The SVS strategy and its aims: will it have an impact?
  • The rise in teenage involvement in knife crime and gangs, identifying those at risk, and early education
  • How to tackle the influence of social media in knife crime, with Cressida Dick and Anne Longfield, among others, signalling its importance
  • Successful initiatives in early intervention, including learning lessons from Scotland, once possessor of one of the highest violent crime rates now a success story
  • The impact of dramatic cuts in Police numbers, and Police presence on the streets, and how best to combat this
  • Issues for urban areas, such as London, and engagement with gangs, youth offenders, and ex-gang members
  • Collaborative and cross-agency approaches to dealing with knife crime
Guest of Honour

Anne Longfield OBE Children’s Commissioner, England

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Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • 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 [2017] 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.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:10
Coffee and Registration

 

09:10 - 09:20
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

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Dr Simon Harding Associate Professor in Criminology, University of West London

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09:20 - 09:50
Strategic Overview

 
  • Current strategy for tackling knife crime
  • The Serious Violence Strategy and what is means
  • Social media as a cause of increased youth violence?

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Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

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Dr Simon Harding Associate Professor in Criminology, University of West London

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09:50 - 10:20
Vulnerability among young people: exclusions, gang membership and knife crime

 
  • Data on Vulnerability
  • Impact of school exclusion
  • Preventing gang and youth violence
- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

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Anne Longfield OBE Children’s Commissioner, England

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10:20 - 10:55
Case Study: The Violence Reduction Unit in Glasgow

 
In 2005 a UN report stated that Scotland was the most violent state in the western world, the same year the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) was established. The work of the VRU has seen the number of people carrying offensive weapons drop 69% to 3,111 in 2015. How can we learn from Scotland and the VRUs experience?


- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

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Will Linden Acting Director, Violence Reduction Unit Scotland

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10:55 - 11:15
Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:15 - 11:45
Policing on the street and working collaboratively

 
  • What has led to the increase in reported knife crimes?
  • What can the police do to combat this rise?
  • Has stop and search constrictions impeded on the power of police to police?
  • What needs to change?


- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

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Sean Yates Head of Knife Crime, Scotland Yard

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11:45 - 12:15
The multi-agency approach

 


- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

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Tom Isaac Youth Support Manager - Oasis Youth Support (OYS), St Thomas Hospital

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Nathan Jones Hubs Project Manager, Oasis Church Waterloo

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Stu Thomson Head of Youth Services, Oasis Hub Waterloo

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12:15 - 12:45
Case Study: Hackney Integrated Gangs Unit

 

- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

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Steven Gowen Gangs Researcher, Hackney Integrated Gangs Unit

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12:45 - 13:45
Networking Lunch

 

13:45 - 14:15
Speaker

 
  • Challenging knife carrying as a method of 'self-defence'

- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

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Dawn Jones Co-Founder, The Daniel Fox Foundation

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Chris Sephton Detective Chief Inspector, Merseyside Police

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14:15 - 15:30
Panel: Former Offenders and Practitioners

 
  • What led you to crime?
  • What can be implemented to alleviate the appeal to vulnerable youth?
  • How does your work now achieve this?

- - - -  Question and answer session with delegates - - - -

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Abi Billinghurst Founder & CEO, Abianda

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Randene Cameron Youth Trainer, Abianda

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Jamel Fraser Youth Consultant, MAC-UK

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Gavin McKenna CEO, Reach Every Generation

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15:30 - 15:40
Chairs Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Abi Billinghurst Founder & CEO, Abianda

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Randene Cameron Youth Trainer, Abianda

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Jamel Fraser Youth Consultant, MAC-UK

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Steven Gowen Gangs Researcher, Hackney Integrated Gangs Unit

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Dr Simon Harding Associate Professor in Criminology, University of West London

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Tom Isaac Youth Support Manager - Oasis Youth Support (OYS), St Thomas Hospital

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Dawn Jones Co-Founder, The Daniel Fox Foundation

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Nathan Jones Hubs Project Manager, Oasis Church Waterloo

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Will Linden Acting Director, Violence Reduction Unit Scotland

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Anne Longfield OBE Children’s Commissioner, England

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Gavin McKenna CEO, Reach Every Generation

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Chris Sephton Detective Chief Inspector, Merseyside Police

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Stu Thomson Head of Youth Services, Oasis Hub Waterloo

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Sean Yates Head of Knife Crime, Scotland Yard

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Venue details

Crowne Plaza London - The City Crowne Plaza London - 19 New Bridge St, London EC4V 6DB

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