Key Points
  • Knife Crime Legalisation and Initiatives: how can policy and funding help tackle knife crime?
  • Tackling County Lines: understanding the link between drugs, gang and knife crime
  • A Multi-Agency Approach to Ending Knife Crime: exploring the role of health care, youth services, police authorities and education institutions
  • The Influence of Social Media: the role of social media and technology in the growth of drug, gang and knife related crimes


Overview
  • (Chair) Lord Navnit Dholakia PC OBE DL, Member, Knife Crime APPG Liberal Democrats
  • (Keynote) Rushanara Ali MP, Member, Knife Crime APPG
  • Nathan Singleton, CEO, Lifeline Projects
  • Patrick Green, CEO, Ben Kinsella Trust
  • Detective Superintendent Shabnam Chaudhri, East Area BCU and Lead for Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge Boroughs, Metropolitan Police *Outstanding Contribution Award No2H8 Crime Awards*
  • Gillian Lithgow, Deputy CEO, No Knives Better Lives
  • Vicky Ridley, Development Officer, No Knives Better Lives
  • Chief Superintendent Una Jennings, Knife Crime Lead, South Yorkshire Police
  • Andy Oliver, Assistant Headteacher, Holte Secondary School
  • Matthew Bunce, Community Safety Officer, Integrated Gangs Team Islington
  • David Hornsby, Matron, Emergency Department Birmingham
  • Leisa Nichols-Drew, Forensic Science Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University
  • Beatrice Mushiya, Mother and Campaigner


  • “Knife Crime is now a national crisis”

    Lord Hogan-Howe, Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner

    Last year, there were 285* fatal incidents of knife related crime. Incidents of knife crime have continued to rise nationally. Westminster Insight’s timely conference will investigate long-term solutions and review the effectiveness of the Serious Violent Strategy (SVS).You will gain valuable insight into the future of knife crime policy and the impact of the additional funding.

    Explore the impact of county lines, as well as, reviewing effective early prevention strategies to tackle the involvement of children and young people in gang, knife, and drug-related crimes. Learn from different agencies involved in protecting and educating children to reduce the number of young people carrying knives.

    Hear one family’s story about the devastating impact of knife possession, highlighting the importance of family support services. Westminster Insight’s timely conference will include best practice case studies from a youth centre and an integrated gangs’ team on developing effective outreach programmes to improve support for local communities, families and victims. This conference will explore the influence of social media on gang and knife-related crimes and share insight into how frontline practitioners can use social media to identify and prevent knife-based crimes.

    Join key industry experts from policing, health care, social work, education and youth services who will share successful strategies for reducing knife crime in different regions of the UK. *ONS

    Agenda
    Start

    09:00 - 09:30
    Registration and Refreshments

     

    09:30 - 09:40
    Chair's Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Navnit Dholakia PC OBE DL Member, Knife Crime APPG, Liberal Democrats

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    09:40 - 10:00
    The Effectiveness of Serious Violent Strategy and the Future of Knife Crime Policy

     
    10.00 – 10:10 Questions and Discussion

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    Rushanara Ali MP Member, Knife Crime All-Party Parliamentary Group

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    10:10 - 10:40
    Tackling County Lines: Understanding the Increase in Knife and Gang Crime

     
    • Exploring the crime associated with county lines to increase awareness and reduce exploitation of children and young people
    • Understanding the role of different agencies including health, education, police, probation, local authorities, and youth services to stop county lines
    • Identifying signs to suggest involvement in county lines activity to help provide effective early intervention strategies
    10:40 – 10:50 Questions and Discussion

    10:50 - 11:20
    Protecting Vulnerable Children and Young People: Engaging and Educating on Knife Crime

     
    • Understanding how to engage and prevent vulnerable children and young people from getting involved in gang and knife crime
      Addressing why young people carry knifes and the consequences it can have on a young person’s life
    • Exploring different early intervention and prevention techniques to protect children and young people
    • Examining why young people reoffend to improve support services
    11:20 – 11:30 Questions and Discussion

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    Patrick Green CEO, Ben Kinsella Trust

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    Nathan Singleton CEO, Lifelines Project

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    11:30 - 11:50
    Coffee and Networking Break

     

    11:50 - 12:20
    A Youth Centre’s Story: Tackling Knife Crime and Understanding the Impact on Communities

     
    • Understanding how youth centres can help to tackle the increased level of knife crime across the UK
    • Exploring how to make the best of available funding
    • Understanding the impact knife crime can have on families, young people and the wider community
    12:20 – 12:30 Questions and Discussion

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    Eva Hamiliton MBE

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    12:30 - 13:00
    A Families Story: The Impact of Carrying a Knife

     
    • Hear from a family directly impacted by knife crime about the after-effects on their lives 
    • Listening to young people, victims and their families to reduce knife crime in the UK
    • Supporting and improving provisions for victims’ families
    13:00 – 13:10 Questions and Discussion

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    Beatrice Mushiya Mother and Campaigner

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    13:10 - 14:10
    Networking Lunch

     

    14:10 - 14:40
    Understanding the role of Health, Police Authorities, Education, Probation and Youth Services in Reducing Knife Crime

     
    • Maximising multiples agencies role including health, police authorities, probation services and voluntary organisation to reduce knife crime
    • Strengthening communication between agencies to improve support services for young people adults who are at risk or who have committed knife crime offences
    • Developing effective partnerships to improve identification and reporting of knife crime
    • Understanding the impact of isolating young people including exclusions and PRU’s    
    14:40 – 14:50 Questions and Discussion

    Speakers

    Gillian Lithgow Deputy CEO, No Knives Better Lives

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    Detective Superintendent Una Jennings Knife Crime Lead, South Yorkshire Police

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    David Hornsby Matron, Emergency Department Birmingham Hospital

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    Andy Oliver Assistant Headteacher, Holte School

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    Vicky Ridley Development Officer, No Knives Better Lives

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    14:50 - 15:10
    A Multi-Agency Approach to Ending Knife Crime

     
    • Exploring successful strategies to help support young people at risk of knife and gang crime 
    • Developing effective outreach programmes to support the local community and families
    •  Investigating a welfare led approach to ending knife crime
    15:10 – 15:20 Questions and Discussion

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    Matthew Bunce Community Safety Officer, Integrated Gangs Unit Islington

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    15:20 - 15:50
    The Role of Social Media: Understanding the Growth in Gang Crime

     
    • Investigating the glamourisation of gang culture through social media to understand why children, young people and adults join gangs
    • Assessing the impact of social media on the growth in knife and gang crime
    • Maximising technology to identify people who carry knives and prevent knife-based crime  Understanding how Knife Crime Prevention Orders can help to steer children and young people away from criminal activity 
    15:50 – 16:00 Questions and Discussion

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

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    Caroline Shearer Founder, Only Cowards Carry

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    16:00 - 16:10
    Chair's Closing Remarks

     

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    Navnit Dholakia PC OBE DL Member, Knife Crime APPG, Liberal Democrats

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    End

    Speakers

    Rushanara Ali MP Member, Knife Crime All-Party Parliamentary Group

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    Matthew Bunce Community Safety Officer, Integrated Gangs Unit Islington

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    Shabnam Chaudhri Detective Superintendent, Met Police

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    Navnit Dholakia PC OBE DL Member, Knife Crime APPG, Liberal Democrats

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    Patrick Green CEO, Ben Kinsella Trust

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    Eva Hamiliton MBE

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    David Hornsby Matron, Emergency Department Birmingham Hospital

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    Detective Superintendent Una Jennings Knife Crime Lead, South Yorkshire Police

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    Gillian Lithgow Deputy CEO, No Knives Better Lives

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    Beatrice Mushiya Mother and Campaigner

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    Andy Oliver Assistant Headteacher, Holte School

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

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    Vicky Ridley Development Officer, No Knives Better Lives

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    Nathan Singleton CEO, Lifelines Project

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    Venue details

    Central London


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