Event Summary

Westminster Insight’s Tackling Knife Crime conference is ideally timed to examine the Government’s latest priorities for tackling knife crime and share practical guidance into enforcement, early intervention, prevention, deterrence and diverting young people away from crime.

Learn from young people who have personal experiences of knife crime to understand the reasons for carrying knives and their opinions on what will help prevent knife crime.

Representatives from the police, youth justice, health, charities, education, social services and youth services will demonstrate how they are collaborating to tackle knife crime through the new Serious Violence Duty. Hear from worldwide leading partnership models adopting a public health approach to addressing the complex root causes of knife crime.

With strong links between gang crime, county lines and knife crime, time will be spent exploring how to safeguard children vulnerable to exploitation, by taking a trauma informed approach and providing exit strategies to prevent a life of crime. How can youth justice provide a better deterrence and rehabilitation service to knife crime to break the cycle of reoffending?

Key Points

  • Understand the links between gangs, child exploitation and knife crime to take a safeguarding approach to vulnerable young people
  • Government priorities for tackling knife crime and implications of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act
  • Learn from young people’s testimonies with lived experience of knife crime
  • Discover how multi-agency responses to knife crime are being streamlined through the Serious Violence Duty
  • Transfer lessons from world-leading public health approaches to knife crime
  • Effective policing tactics to tackle knife crime including interventions in schools, weapon sweeps and focused deterrence
  • Learning from Knife Crime Prevention Order pilots
  • Benefit from case studies from the NHS, schools and youth services preventing knife crime by providing early intervention and capitalising on ‘teachable moments’
  • Explore how the youth justice system can be improved to provide a deterrent and way to rehabilitate away from knife crime