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 All Party Parliamentary Group
  • (Keynote) Rushanara Ali MP, Member, Knife Crime APPG
  • Nathan Singleton, CEO, Lifeline Projects
  • Patrick Green, CEO, Ben Kinsella Trust
  • Orielle Taylor, National Coordinator, No Knives Better Lives
  • Dr Simon Harding, Associate Professor. Research Centre for Cybercrime and Security, UWL
  • Andy Oliver, Deputy Headteacher, Holte Secondary School
  • Matthew Bunce, Community Safety Officer, Integrated Gangs Team Islington
  • Leisa Nichols-Drew, Forensic Science Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University
  • John Massey, Detective Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Yusuf Deerow Chair, SYDRC, and Police Officer, City of London Police

“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 All Party Parliamentary Group

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09:40 - 10:00
Keynote Address 1: 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
Session 1: 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

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Dr Simon Harding Professor in Criminology, University of West London

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10:50 - 11:20
Session 2: 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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Nathan Singleton CEO, Lifelines Project

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11:30 - 12:00
Coffee and Networking Break

 

12:00 - 12:20
Case Study 1: 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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Orielle Taylor National Coordinator, No Knives, Better Lives

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12:30 - 13:00
Case Study 2: Ben Kinsella Trust

 
  • Hear from the Ben Kinsella Trust on the impact of knife crime and the after-effects on their lives
  • Valuing young people to reduce knife crime in the UK
  • Supporting and improving provisions for young people and victims' families
13:00 – 13:10 Questions and Discussion

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Patrick Green CEO, Ben Kinsella Trust

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13:10 - 14:10
Networking Lunch

 

14:10 - 15:10
Frontline Professionals: Tackling 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    
15:10 – 15:20 Questions and Discussion

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Yusuf Deerow Chair, SYDRC and Police Officer, City of London Police

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John Massey Detective Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service

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Andy Oliver Deputy Headteacher, Holte School

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15:20 - 15:40
Case Study 2: 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
15:40 – 15:50 Questions and Discussion

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Matthew Bunce Community Safety Officer, Integrated Gangs Unit Islington

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15:50 - 16:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Navnit Dholakia PC OBE DL Member, Knife Crime All Party Parliamentary Group

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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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Yusuf Deerow Chair, SYDRC and Police Officer, City of London Police

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Navnit Dholakia PC OBE DL Member, Knife Crime All Party Parliamentary Group

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Patrick Green CEO, Ben Kinsella Trust

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John Massey Detective Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service

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Leisa Nichols-Drew

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Andy Oliver Deputy Headteacher, Holte School

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Nathan Singleton CEO, Lifelines Project

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Orielle Taylor National Coordinator, No Knives, Better Lives

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Venue details

Cavendish Conference Centre 22 Duchess Mews, London, W1G 9DT

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