15 Nov

Understanding violence, vulnerability and exploitation

Contact details

Name: Rangan Momen
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 020 7934 9816


Overall crime has decreased in London but knife crime and serious youth violence are the only two main crime types to have increased in recent years. This alarming trend presents a real challenge for all crime prevention agencies.

This seminar* brings together practitioners from central and local government, the police and voluntary sector to share insights and discuss changing approaches to dealing with violence, vulnerability and exploitation.

While knife crime and serious youth violence are important indicators of gang activity, not all of these types of crime are gang-related. The nature and dynamics of London’s gangs activity is also changing.

Critical issues for crime prevention partners in this area now include:

  • Tackling and identifying county lines
  • Missing young people
  • Harmful sexual behaviour and child sexual exploitation
  • Protecting vulnerable locations
  • Safeguarding gang / group associated women and girls

Please note that registration for this event has now closed. If you have any queries relating to the seminar please contact [email protected]k.

* This free-to-attend seminar is open only to officers and members from the London boroughs and the City of London as a benefit of their council's membership of London Councils.


10:00 Registration opens (light refreshments) 

10:30 Welcome from the Chair, Cllr Lib Peck    

10:35 Revising priorities to meet the changing nature of gangs, Nick Hunt and Caroline Hart, Tackling Crime Unit, Home Office 

10:55 Revising priorities to meet the changing nature of gangs, Mick McNally, Institute of Community Safety / Safer London and Jarah Kasule, Safer London 

11:15 Looking at the data – current understanding and forecasting in relation to violence and vulnerability - Lynne Abrams and Tom Davies, Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

11:35 Break - 15 mins   

11:50 Developing responses to peer-abuse: learning from the MSU local site support project - Dr Carlene Firmin, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the MsUnderstood Programme, University of Bedfordshire and Sarah Wright, Director of Children and Families, LB Hackney

12:10 Current and future police responses to gangs and vulnerability - Detective Superintendent Tim Champion, MPS Trident     

12:30 Panel Discussion - chaired by Geeta Subramaniam-Mooney, Head of Crime Reduction and Supporting People, London Borough of Lewisham

13:00 Concluding remarks from the Chair