Key Points
  • Reviewing the national response and strategy to tackling knife crime
  • Exploring multi-agency partnership and responses to knife crime in the context of COVID-19
  • Sharing best practice for adopting a public health approach to reducing and preventing knife crime
  • Safeguarding families, victims and communities through intelligence-led early help programmes and policing
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Overview
Speakers Include:

  • Dr Angela Herbert, Chair, Violent Crime Prevention Board
  • Niven Rennie, Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit
  • Patrick Green, Chief Executive Officer, The Ben Kinsella Trust
  • DCI John Massey, Homicide and Major Crime Command, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Andy Oliver, Deputy Headteacher, Holte School
  • Martin Hendy, Deputy Director – Inland Border and Aviation, Border Force
  • Leisa Nichols-Drew, Forensic Science Senior Lecture, De Montfort University
Research continues to show violence is not inevitable but instead preventable. Effective approaches to preventing knife crime are multi-faceted, involve collaboration between local partners and deploy interventions at the earliest opportunity.

Westminster Insight’s timely 2021 Preventing and Disrupting Knife Crime Digital Conference will feature contributions from leading researchers, policy makers, law enforcement, public health organisations, educators, advocates, and VRU’s who will be sharing best practice on how to reduce and respond to knife crime.

This event will review the national response to knife crime, examine how knife crime and organisational responses have been impacted by COVID19, and explore best practice in developing and delivering effective early and preventative interventions.

You will also hear several practical case studies throughout the day.

DCI John Massey (Metropolitan Police) will be speaking with partners on how to develop multi-agency protective systems to deliver long-term solutions through intelligence-led programmes and policing. Andy Oliver (Holte School) will touch on how schools and educators can effectively fit into a wider matrix of support. Patrick Green (The Ben Kinsella Trust) will explore the power of storytelling and live experience which frontline practitioners have the opportunity to leverage.

This event follows on from our highly commended 2020 Tackling Knife Crime Conference.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:10
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

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Dr Angela Herbert Chair, Violent Crime Prevention Board

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09:10 - 09:30
Mapping the State of Knife Crime in the UK

 
  • Exploring national statistical data on serious crime and the differences in reported knife crime across the UK
  • Identifying the current factors driving increases and decreases in knife crime and county lines activity
09:20 – 09:30 Questions and Discussion

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Dr Angela Herbert Chair, Violent Crime Prevention Board

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09:30 - 10:20
Panel Discussion: Reviewing National Strategies for Knife Crime

 
  • Exploring how knife crime and responses to knife crime has been affected by COVID-19
  • Identifying how policy makers can empower public and third sectors to collaboratively prevent knife crime and address its root causes
  • Reviewing national efforts to reduce points on knives, decrease knife availability and limit the movement of knives in and across the UK

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Patrick Green CEO, Ben Kinsella Trust

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Martin Hendy Deputy Director - Inland Border and Aviation, Border Force

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Leisa Nichols-Drew

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10:20 - 11:00
Case Study: The Public Health Approach to Reducing and Preventing Knife Crime

 
  • Reviewing the role of Violence Reduction Unit’s (VRUs) and the Serious Violence Strategy (SVS) in streamlining the delivery of multi-agency responses to increases in knife crime
  • Approaching violence as a collection of preventable underlying factors to adopt an effective public health approach
  • Developing partnerships to enable systematic collection of information and identify community-wide solutions
  • Monitoring and evaluating implemented interventions to scale up cost-effective programmes and revise ineffective interventions
10:50 – 11:00 Questions and Discussion

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Niven Rennie Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

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11:00 - 11:20
Break

 

11:20 - 12:00
Keynote Address: Supporting Communities Early – Tackling the Root Causes of Knife Crime

 
  • Exploring knife crime within the contemporary context of economic fallout, COVID-19, and racial injustice
  • Identifying the social factors which drives serious crime within local communities
  • Building cross sector partnerships to enable local coordination and delivery of early support to at-risk communities
11:45 – 12:00 Questions and Discussion

12:00 - 12:30
The Impact of Knife Crime – Supporting Families, Victims and Communities

 
  • Exploring the after-effects of knife crime on families, victims, and their communities
  • Utilising the power of storytelling and lived experience to empower young people to aspire for futures beyond and absent of crime
  • Delivering holistic support in collaboration with local partners to families and victims affected and at-risk of knife crime
12:20 – 12:30 Questions and Discussion

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Patrick Green CEO, Ben Kinsella Trust

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12:30 - 13:00
Case Study: Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Young People – Schools, Partners and Education

 
  • Discussing the role of schools and educators in protecting vulnerable children and young people (YPs)
  • Exploring the link between school exclusion and knife crime
  • Understanding the drivers of re-offending to develop early interventions and support services which effectively protect at risk YPs
  • Identifying indicators of county lines and knife carrying to protect vulnerable children and YPs
12:50 – 13:00 Questions and Discussion

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Andy Oliver Deputy Headteacher, Holte School

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13:00 - 13:50
Joint Session: Multi-Agency Approaches to Tackling and Preventing Knife Crime

 
  • Adopting an “intelligence-led” approach to enable the statistical and geographical targeting of knife crime
  • Delivering universal services in collaboration with local partners to develop effective multi-agency protective systems, impactful child protection responses and long-term solutions
  • Reviewing the challenges and solutions to acquiring and reporting on localised insight to facilitate inter-agency information sharing, address vulnerability and support the “at risk"
13:40 – 13:50 Questions and Discussion

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DCI John Massey Detective Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service

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13:50 - 14:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Dr Angela Herbert Chair, Violent Crime Prevention Board

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End

Speakers

Patrick Green CEO, Ben Kinsella Trust

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Martin Hendy Deputy Director - Inland Border and Aviation, Border Force

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Dr Angela Herbert Chair, Violent Crime Prevention Board

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DCI 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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Niven Rennie Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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