Key Points
  • Hear from the Metropolitan Police on how they are supporting the fight against serious violence and encouraging cross-community working
  • Gain best practice insight on how to implement a multi-agency and public health approach to knife crime
  • Explore successful safeguarding strategies to protect vulnerable adults and young people
  • Understand how to communicate directly with young people though positive intervention and outreach programmes
  • Learn from an inside perspective on how young people are drawn into knife crime: how can this be prevented?
  • Discuss how to empower and support victims of knife crime
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Overview
Event Overview

  • Toks Adesuyan OBE, Senior District Crown Prosecutor - Advocacy & Youth Lead, Crown Prosecution Services
  • Patrick Green, CEO, Ben Kinsella Trust
  • Niven Rennie, Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit
  • Sheldon Thomas, Former Gangster and CEO, Gangsline
  • Andy Oliver, Deputy Head Teacher, Holte School
  • Dr Kate O'Loughlin,Consultant Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Andy Walsh, Champions of Life Programme Lead, Anfield Boxing Club
  • Orielle Taylor, Senior Development Office – No Knives Better Lives, YouthLink Scotland
  • Representative, Victim Support

    In the year ending June 2021, there were 46,937 incidents of knife enabled crime in England and Wales*. And London has recently recorded its worst ever annual death toll from teenage homicides in 2021. We must deliver and sustain our response to knife crime. What are the best long-term strategies now to tackle this ongoing issue?

    Any knife crime reduction strategy requires multi-agency solutions. Westminster Insight’s ‘Tackling and Preventing Knife Crime Digital Conference’ draws together top specialists and frontline practitioners, from the CPS, the police, VRUs, schools, community groups and charities. Get invaluable best practice guidance for proactive, co-operative, lasting strategies to prevent knife crime, support communities and safeguard vulnerable young people.

    You’ll hear the Government’s strategy to reduce knife crime, and the Crown Prosecution Service’s views on working effectively with the Police and the Judiciary. You’ll learn about the drivers of serious violence and how to engage directly with young people through positive intervention.

    You’ll hear expert insights from Toks Adesuyan OBE, Advocacy and Youth Lead at CPS London South Magistrates’ Court, on adopting best practice to work alongside the police to tackle gang violence and knife crime. Niven Rennie, Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, will spotlight the importance of a public health approach to knife crime. You will discover the positive impact sport can have in overcoming anti-social behaviour through our practical case study from Alan Walsh, founder of the Anfield Boxing Club in Liverpool.

    *ONS: Crime in England and Wales: year ending June 2021

Agenda
Start

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

 

09:20 - 10:20
Keynote Panel: Tackling the Root Causes of Knife Crime to Build Safer Communities

 
  • Understanding the current context of knife crime across the UK
  • Enabling the police to effectively disrupt the spread of serious violence
  • Empowering communities and offering positive alternatives for young people
10:00 - 10:10 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Toks Adesuyan OBE Senior District Crown Prosecutor, Advocacy & Youth Lead, CPS London South

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Commander Alex Murray OBE Head of Violence Reduction, Metropolitan Police

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10:20 - 10:40
Break

 

10:40 - 11:40
Panel Discussion: Developing Comprehensive Partnerships to Prevent Youth Violence

 
  • Addressing the drivers of serious violence among young people
  • Encouraging collaboration and information sharing between key stakeholders to improve support for young people
  • Shifting the dialogue from ‘what’s wrong?’ to ‘what’s missing?’
  • Combining positive prevention strategies with effective enforcement
11:30 - 11:40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Dr Kate O'Loughlin Consultant Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

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Patrick Green CEO, Ben Kinsella Trust

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Orielle Taylor National Coordinator, No Knives, Better Lives

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11:40 - 12:10
Networking Break

 
  • Meet your colleagues and make new connections in our virtual platform

12:10 - 12:50
Case Study: Engaging Directly with Young People and Breaking The Cycle of Violence

 
  • Diverting high-risk young people away from a life of crime
  • Rebuilding trusted networks and spaces impacted by the pandemic
  • Continuously monitoring and improving interventions
12:40 - 12:50 Questions and Discussion

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Alan Walsh Champions of Life Programme Lead, Anfield Boxing Club

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Sheldon Thomas Founder and Chief Executive, Gangsline

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12:50 - 13:20
Case Study: A Public Health Approach to Preventing Knife Crime

 
  • Supporting young people to navigate risks and make positive life choices
  • Communicating across a network of local and national partnerships to reduce knife crime
  • Capacity building and supporting the implementation of local prevention work to tackle serious violence
13:00 - 13:10 Questions and Discussion

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Niven Rennie Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

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13:20 - 14:10
Lunch

 

14:10 - 14:40
Empowering Families and Supporting Victims of Knife Crime

 
  • Supporting families through knife crime related deaths and trauma
  • Ensuring victims’ families voice is heard in the struggle against serious violence

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Jeffrey DeMarco Assistant Director - Knowledge and Insight, Victim Support

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14:40 - 15:10
Effective Safeguarding for Young People in Schools

 
  • Setting out a clear safeguarding ethos
  • Developing a safeguarding policy with realistic expectations and processes
  • Ensuring all staff are aware what they are responsible for and who to refer to for complex cases

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Andy Oliver Deputy Headteacher, Holte School

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15:10 - 15:15
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Toks Adesuyan OBE Senior District Crown Prosecutor, Advocacy & Youth Lead, CPS London South

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Jeffrey DeMarco Assistant Director - Knowledge and Insight, Victim Support

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Patrick Green CEO, Ben Kinsella Trust

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Commander Alex Murray OBE Head of Violence Reduction, Metropolitan Police

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Dr Kate O'Loughlin Consultant Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

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Andy Oliver Deputy Headteacher, Holte School

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Niven Rennie Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

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Orielle Taylor National Coordinator, No Knives, Better Lives

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Sheldon Thomas Founder and Chief Executive, Gangsline

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Alan Walsh Champions of Life Programme Lead, Anfield Boxing Club

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Venue details

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