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Event Summary

The Serious Violence Duty has been introduced as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022, alongside Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs) and Offensive Weapon Homicide Reviews.  The Act places a statutory duty on local authorities and wider partners to collaborate and plan to prevent and reduce serious violence.

Westminster Insight’s Conference brings together key agencies including the National Police Chiefs’ Council, National Fire Chiefs Council and Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) to explore how effective multi-agency partnerships can be formed to address serious violence at a local level.

Hear from leading Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) about how to share data, intelligence, and knowledge, to generate evidence-based analysis of the local problem and develop a strategy to prevent and reduce serious violence. Benefit from early feedback from the Offensive Weapon Homicide Reviews (OWHRs) being piloted about how learning can also be fed into local violence reduction strategies.

Learn from case studies of how to effectively engage young people and communities most affected by serious violence. With a new duty to collaborate for education, youth custody and prisons, benefit from a panel discussion about how to best coordinate with these new partners.

Gain insight on how to apply the Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) toolkit to inform evidence-based interventions to reduce serious violence. Plus hear feedback from the Home Office funded national evaluation of VRUs assessing their progress since inception in 2019. 

Key Points

  • Responding to new and emerging forms of serious violence
  • Effective law enforcement and criminal justice responses to serious violence
  • Multi-agency models to tackle serious violence and collaborating with extended partners for whom the Serious Violence Duty applies to
  • Undertaking a Strategic Needs Assessment to develop a local strategy to tackle serious violence
  • Using information from the pilot Offensive Weapon Homicide Reviews (OWHRs) to inform a local violence reduction strategy
  • Overcoming key barriers to effective youth and community engagement
  • Evaluating interventions to inform an evidence-led approach to commissioning
  • Learning about what works to prevent and reduce serious violence from the Youth Endowment Fund and national evaluation of VRUs