Key Points
  • Implementing the Serious Violence Strategy to tackle gang violence
  • Reducing the harm caused by gangs through prevention, intervention and enforcement
  • County lines and the misuse of drugs
  • Tackling the online activity of gangs
  • Working in partnership to develop exit strategies and provide alternatives to gang culture
Guest of Honour

Will Linden Acting Director, Violence Reduction Unit Scotland

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Overview
Confirmed Speakers




  • Chair: Rory Geoghegan, Head of Criminal Justice, Centre for Social Justice
  • Abi Billinghurst, Founder & CEO, Abianda
  • Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, OCU Commander of Violent Crime Task Force, Metropolitan Police
  • Nichole McIntosh, Interim Operations Director, Safer London
  • Dr Simon Harding, Associate Professor in Criminology, University of West London
  • Will Linden, Acting Director, Violence Reduction Unit Scotland
  • Craig Pinkney, Lecturer and Working with Gangs Programme Leader, University College Birmingham
  • Junior Smart, Business Development Manager and Head of SOS Gangs Project, St Giles Trust
  • Sheldon Thomas, Consultant on Gangs & Serious Youth Violence

Gangs and serious youth violence are an urgent concern across the UK. Police recorded crime has hit the highest level in more than a decade after gang related killings, knife offences and robberies have surged.

Building on the Ending Gang and Youth Violence Programme, the Government has introduced the Serious Violence Strategy. Attend this conference to get updated about the latest plans to confront gang crime and respond to its rapidly changing nature.

Join leading experts and practitioners to hear about tackling gang criminality by effective enforcement, suppression and proactive policing, working with partners to prevent offending and build safer communities.

Hear directly from ex-gang members to gain a greater understanding about the root causes of gang and street weapon culture and how to reach out to young people to challenge destructive attitudes and behaviours.

In a time of increasing austerity and public service budget cuts it is vital for collaboration between agencies to pool resources and expertise. Ending youth violence requires an end-to-end approach, from prevention to rehabilitation, from partners including the police, health, education, local government, the voluntary sector and the criminal justice system.

Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:50
Registration Tea and Coffee

 

09:50 - 10:00
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Rory Geoghegan Head of Criminal Justice, Centre for Social Justice

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10:00 - 10:20
Keynote Address: Implementing the Serious Violence Strategy

 
  • Understanding the key priorities of the strategy related to gangs
  • Funding to focus on early intervention and prevention
  • Supporting communities and local partnerships
  • Effective law enforcement and criminal justice response
  • Tackling county lines and misuse of drugs

10:20 - 10:40
The Role of the New Violent Crime Task Force

 
  • Identifying, targeting and arresting offenders of gang related crime
  • Using more intelligence-led and targeted stop and search
  • Results of the violent crime task force to date

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Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan OCU Commander of Violent Crime Task Force, Metropolitan Police Service

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10:40 - 10:50
Questions and Discussion

 

10:50 - 11:10
Understanding the Changing Nature of Gang Activity

 
  • Analysing changing trends in gang culture and how we can respond 
  • Why is violent crime growing and who is most at risk
  • Applying the research to help reduce gang, violent and knife crime

Speakers

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

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11:10 - 11:20
Questions and Discussion

 

11:20 - 11:40
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:40 - 12:00
Understanding Gang Mentality

 
  • Why do people get involved in gangs?
  • What interventions help the most?

Speakers

Sheldon Thomas Consultant on Gangs & Serious Youth Violence

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12:00 - 12:10
Questions and Discussion

 

12:10 - 12:30
Community Approaches to Tackling Gang Crime

 
  • Helping communities to build resilience and respond to serious violence
  • Reducing the opportunities for crime to take place
  • Tackling the underlying societal issues feeding gang and youth crime
  • Bringing together key agencies including housing, health, law enforcement, education and local authorities, to develop a partnership approach

Speakers

Will Linden Acting Director, Violence Reduction Unit Scotland

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12:30 - 12:50
Providing Gang Exit Services and Support

 
  • Building resilience, supporting positive alternatives and providing timely interventions at the “teachable moment”
  • Working in partnership with other organisations to support successful transitions 
  • Protecting gang-leavers from repercussions
  • Results of the service so far

Speakers

Nichole McIntosh Interim Operations Director, Safer London

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12:50 - 13:00
Questions and Discussion

 

13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch

 

14:00 - 14:20
Tackling County Lines and Misuse of Drugs

 
  • Understanding how gang violence and exploitation is linked to county lines
  • The role of the new National County Lines Coordination Centre
  • Preventing the exploitation of young people, minimising intimidation and undertaking nationwide awareness-raising 
  • Working with the Crown Prosecution Service and NPCC lead on the prosecution of county lines 

Speakers

Junior Smart Founder, SOS Project, St Giles Trust

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14:20 - 14:30
Questions and Discussion

 

14:30 - 14:50
Support for Girls Affected by Gangs

 
  • Impact of the girls and gangs strategic framework 
  • How to engage with the girls and women associated with gangs
  • Protecting girls from sexual violence or exploitation within gangs

Speakers

Abi Billinghurst Founder & CEO, Abianda

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14:50 - 15:00
Questions and Discussion

 

15:00 - 15:20
Understanding the Online Activity of Gangs

 
  • How gangs use social media to encourage and glamorise gang activity, taunt rivals and normalise weapon carrying
  • Tackling on-line hate crime 
  • Safeguarding victims and punishing perpetrators
  • Working in partnership with social media platforms to remove content associated with gangs

Speakers

Craig Pinkney Lecturer and Working with Gangs Programme Leader, University College Birmingham

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15:20 - 15:30
Questions and Discussion

 

15:30 - 15:35
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

Speakers

Rory Geoghegan Head of Criminal Justice, Centre for Social Justice

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End

Speakers

Junior Smart Founder, SOS Project, St Giles Trust

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Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan OCU Commander of Violent Crime Task Force, Metropolitan Police Service

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Abi Billinghurst Founder & CEO, Abianda

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Rory Geoghegan Head of Criminal Justice, Centre for Social Justice

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

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Will Linden Acting Director, Violence Reduction Unit Scotland

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Nichole McIntosh Interim Operations Director, Safer London

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Craig Pinkney Lecturer and Working with Gangs Programme Leader, University College Birmingham

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Sheldon Thomas Consultant on Gangs & Serious Youth Violence

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Venue details

Zone 1 Central London


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