An International Symposium on Policing and Evidence-based Practice – How can the UK benefit from insights from other countries and cognate professions? @ Birkbeck, University of London, Room 101
Jun 27 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

The College of Policing launched a consultation in 2016 on plans to require all police recruits to hold a policing qualification at degree level. The plans were agreed in 2017 as part of the College’s Policing Educational Qualifications Framework (PEQF) with the expectation that the degree requirement would take effect from 2020. The PEQF provided for three entry routes for police constables:

  • The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), introduced from April 2018, involving academic study in parallel with operational work
  • The pre-join degree in professional policing, introduced from 2020, where prospective recruits acquire their degree in policing in advance of recruitment
  • The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP; introduced from 2020), for those with prior degrees in other disciplines.

A consortium of academics from Birkbeck, University of London and University College London conducted a two year research project funded by the Home Office Innovation Programme. The aim of the work was to contribute to an evidence-informed dialogue about the nature, quality and purpose of police education. More specifically the project examined questions that relate to the development of the DHEP, including:

  • How do graduate police recruits learn about the standards for policing and the public expectations of a police officer?
  • How do graduate police recruits apply their critical skills (gleaned from their university study) to their decision-making as a police office? What is the role of evidence here?
  • How do graduate police officers learn the essential skills/craft of policing? Do they have different learning styles from non-graduate recruits? What is the role of evidence here?
  • What is the theory of change for requiring graduate entry – that is, what are the key elements of policing that are expected to result from graduate training, and how?

The project involved several elements; the team conducted a review of the UK research literature on analogous conversion courses provided for graduates entering law, teaching, and the social work profession, and a further review of the international literature about effective police training. Team members interviewed staff in police force Learning and Development (L & D) Departments to assess readiness to introduce the DHEP from 2020. They also interviewed recruits undergoing a graduate-entry programme designed and delivered by Police Now (PN), to track experiences of the pre-existing graduate programme that is closest to the DHEP.

This thought provoking science-practitioner symposium will provide attendees with the opportunity to debate current thinking on police training pathways, evidence-based policing, and putting the learner centre stage. This symposium brings together the complementary strands of the Home Office Innovation work and though the work of Dr Telep places this within an international context. Our aim is to stimulate a robust discussion engaging a wide range of stakeholders.

This symposium will debate:

  • International perspectives on the professionalisation agenda and best practice in policing training; including lessons learned from other professions and the implications for policing
  • To what extent is a culture of organisational learning and reflection compatible with a law enforcement context? How can we ‘translate’ EBP from macro models to local micro implementation?
  • How can we win hearts and minds for fundamental changes to policing training?

For further information please see the attached flyer.

Evidence based policing June 2018

We very much hope you will be able to join us. To register, please click on the link below (please be aware this is an eventbrite link and will direct you away from the N8 PRP website):

Making Sense of Coercive Control Conference @ County South Private Dining Rooms, Lancaster University
Jun 27 @ 10:30 am – 4:15 pm

‘Making Sense of Coercive Control’, to be held at Lancaster University on Wednesday 27th June 2018. This N8 funded conference will be of particular interest to practitioners and scholars, interested in exploring police responses to and understandings of coercive control. The conference will showcase the findings of the N8 funded project, ‘Police responses to coercive control’ and discuss the ongoing developments of the ‘coercive control learning tool’, designed to support police officers in practice. We are delighted to announce that the keynote speakers are Dame Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner Northumbria and Professor Sylvia Walby, OBE. There are limited places for this event, so if you are interested in attending, we suggest that you register as soon as possible. If you are no longer able to attend, please get in touch with the conference organisers so that your place can be made available to others.

10.30am            Registration and arrival

11.00-11.15        Conference Opening

11.15-12.00       Keynote: Dame Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner Northumbria Police

12.00 -12.45     Overview of ‘Police responses to coercive control’ project findings

12.45-1.45         Lunch

1.45-2.30          Keynote: Professor Sylvia Walby, OBE.

2.30-2.45         Coffee/ tea break

2.45-3.45         Coercive control ‘learning tool’ showcase and group discussion

3.45-4.15          Policing coercive control: Moving forward

Project team: Dr Charlotte Barlow (Principal Investigator), Professor Sandra Walklate (Co-investigator), Dr Kelly Johnson (Research Associate), Merseyside Police (policing partner), Dr Les Humphreys, Professor Stuart Kirby and Women’s Aid (project advisors).

Further information about the conference and details of how to register are found in the attached. If you have any queries, please email Dr Charlotte Barlow

Child Sexual Exploitation: Towards a ‘Child-Centred’ Protection System @ University of Liverpool - Rendall Building, Seminar Room 10
Jul 18 @ 9:15 am – 4:10 pm

Child Sexual Exploitation is a developing and complex phenomenon and there is increasing pressure to provide effective child-focused protection. However, frontline child protection officials have received limited guidance on how to appropriately deal with vulnerable child victims, what is meant by ‘child-focused protection’ and how this can achieved in practice

This one-day workshop will:

  • Explore the challenges of protecting children from Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Facilitate discussion of key concerns raised by young people and the challenges faced by professionals
  • Enhance public awareness of the nature of the complexity of CSE
  • Develop a better understanding about responding appropriately to victims and thus improve child protection practice
  • Enable professionals to share best practice techniques across a range of child protection roles
  • Improve understanding of children’s rights and how these principles could be fostered into child protection practice

Following the completion of this project, participants will receive a report summarising the key findings and suggestions on how to achieve an effective ‘childcentred’ response to CSE.


For registration and further information please see the following link –

Innovative Policing Responses to Domestic Abuse: Lessons from Research @ Northumbria University, The Great Hall, Sutherland Building
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This event will provide invaluable insight into latest research findings into the policing of domestic abuse. Conducted by leading police researchers, the various projects address contemporary challenges relating to patters, challenges and responses to domestic abuse, one of the major issues in contemporary policing.

This half-day workshop is free to attend and provides excellent opportunities to up-date knowledge, develop new ideas, and to network with police, victim service, policy sector and research colleagues engaged in this field. The workshop is aimed at academics, police and practitioners from the broad range of public, private and third sector organisations engaged in domestic abuse prevention and victim support services.

This event is part-funded by the N8 Policing Research Partnership.

Speakers and Topics

  • Gender Violence: Recent Debates and New Challenges
    • Associate Professor Ruth Lewis, Northumbria University
  • Evaluating the use of body-worn video cameras in police responses to domestic abuse
    • Stuart Lister, University of Leeds
  • The Coercive Control Offence and Implications for the Policing of Domestic Abuse
    • Dr Charlotte Barlow, Lancaster University
  • Innovation in Policing Domestic Abuse: Understanding Success to Build Capacity
    • Professor Mike Rowe, Professor Pamela Davies, Dr Donna Marie Brown, and Paul Biddle (Northumbria and Durham universities)

For further information and to book, visit the Northumbria University website