N8 PRP Policing Innovation Forum 2019 – Tackling Knife Crime – Police and Multi Agency Responses to a Headline Problem

November 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 3:45 pm
Goodison Park (Everton FC), Liverpool
Goodison Rd
L4 4EL
Oliver Abe


Registration for this event has now closed.

Introduction to PIF

On 14th November 2019, the N8 Policing Research Partnership will be hosting the fifth Policing Innovation Forum (PIF) which will bring together key academics, police, and other stakeholders.   Vulnerability has emerged as a key theme over the last five years, from cybercrime through to domestic violence, coercive control, mental health and – this year– we will be focusing on the very challenging but topical issue of knife crime.   Preventative approaches in relation to the social challenges that the forum has explored in previous years have suggested a greater need for the engagement of wider policing partners, including third sector agencies.  Our aim for the fifth forum is to encourage discussion and innovative research in relation to tackling knife crime, including a range of workshops in which other preventative and interventionist approaches can be explored from a multi-agency perspective.  This year, the third sector is playing a key role in our forum.

The aims of the 2019 Policing Innovation Forum are:

  1. For policing partners, academics and other agency representatives to feel energised by the potential to innovate in tackling knife crime.
  2. To create new knowledge in real time given the level of expertise in the room
  3. For academics to gain new insight into the benefits of researching the impact of early intervention and the identification of trigger behaviours.
  4. For policing partners to learn more about the potential of research to assist them in early intervention and tackling knife crime more generally.

Provisional Programme

9.00am      Registration (tea/coffee)
9.30am      Welcome and Introduction –  Steve Brookes/Geoff Pearson
9.45am      Keynote – Will Linden, Deputy Director of Violence Reduction Unit Scotland+ Panel Discussion
10.30am    Interactive Session on Cheshire Constabulary’s Work in Targeting the Preventative Aspects of Knife Crime 
12.00pm    Lunch
12.45pm    Workshop Round 1
1.45pm      Tea/Coffee Break
2.00pm      Workshop Round 2
3.00pm      Opportunities for Innovative Co-Produced Research + Launch of Small Grants 2020/21(Adam Crawford)
3.30pm      Coffee, Cake, and Networking
3.45pm      Forum Closes

You will have the opportunity to sign up to two of the below workshops on the day:

Making national interventions relevant locally – with StreetDoctors

John Valentine, Partnership Manager of StreetDoctors

This workshop will introduce the work of ‘StreetDoctors’ which is a youth social action movement with a network of young healthcare volunteers.  As well as teaching lifesaving skills to 11 to 25-year olds at risk of youth violence, the network provides safe spaces to explore attitudes to violence and to empower young people to keep themselves and others safe.  The aim of the workshop will be to explore the development of a template to tailor interventions to local circumstances and their young people’s needs.

Knife crime: a double-edged challenge. Solutions from the heart of the problem.

Clare McGregor, Founder of Coaching Inside and Out (CIAO)
Changing lives in prison and the community

Consider coaching’s transformational and restorative impact on this problem (for offenders and police alike). This deceptively simple way to overturn dangerous assumptions builds on extensive public health and justice experience (the charity already works at the earliest intervention points in communities).

Bring your ideas to discuss innovative research possibilities for a unique one-year project in 2020 when CIAO will coach children released from custody to help them change their own lives

The challenges of setting up a Violence Reduction Unit: A Police and Partnership Perspective

 Lee Berry, Superintendent, Violence Reduction Unit, South Yorkshire Police

This interactive workshop will share the experiences and challenges of setting up a Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) following the allocation of Home Office funding.  It will draw on the experience of Fortify, which is South Yorkshire Police’s partnership approach to dealing with serious violent crime associated with organised criminality.  The workshop will consider how to encourage collaboration with non-police agencies and will share both the challenges and opportunities of creating a new VRU and encouraging the sharing of ideas within the workshop.

Early interventions for children at risk of exclusion from schools and criminalised behaviour

Nic Martin, Queensbury AP Ltd

Queensberry AP work with young people that are disengaged at school and therefore at risk of exclusion. In 2016/17 there were a total of 7, 720 permanent exclusions from schools within the UK and statistics show 42% of prisoners reported being permanently excluded (63% fixed term) when at school. Queensberry AP believe that preventing school exclusions are key to challenging the wider issues and offer a preventative early intervention approach to tackle the root causes and provide opportunities for young people to develop socially and emotionally through a “whole child approach”. Intervention is underpinned by restorative practices allowing young people opportunity to reflect on their choices and understand the wider consequences and impact of their actions reducing the need for exclusions.

Alongside these worrying exclusion statistics is the rise in young people being criminally exploited and involved in criminal activities such as knife crime. Queensberry AP provide early intervention aimed at young people who, through their behaviours and choices, may be at risk of being involved in this criminal behaviour as well as working with young people who are already engaged with gangs, knife crime and other criminal activity.

The Queensberry AP team includes volunteers who are all currently serving with a category D prison or ex-offenders who have experienced the criminal justice system up to category A. This partnership acts as a preventative measure rather than “scare tactic” as our work focuses on the impact of actions. Our model works towards creating safer communities by encouraging adults to reflect on their past behaviours and actions which supports with their rehabilitation and resettlement.

Cancellation Charge

Any spaces which are cancelled after Thursday 7th November, or delegates who do not attend on the day, will be subject to a £45 charge.

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