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Key topic areas covered include: Communities, Gangs & County Lines, Safeguarding, and Workforce & Leadership.

Delivering Mental Health Support to Offenders and Opening up Employment Opportunities

Only 25% of men and 20% of women leave prison with some form of employment in the UK. We heard from Graham Durcan, Associate Director at the Centre for Mental Health, about how Individual Placement and Support (IPS) schemes can help improve employment opportunities for prisoners upon their release.

Reducing Reoffending and Improving Communities Through Rehabilitation Programmes

Reoffending cost the economy approximately £11 billion annually, according to the Centre for Mental Health. In this video Joy Allen, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham Police discusses how the Checkpoint Intervention Programme has reduced reoffending rates in Durham. She shares the eligibility criteria Checkpoint uses and strategies to help offenders address the underlying causes of their offending behaviour.

Developing a Holistic Response to Victims of Honour-Based Abuse

Between 2020 and 2021, there was an 18% increase in the number of honour-based abuse related crimes reported in England and Wales. In this video, Anup Manota, Operations Manager at Karma Nirvana, discusses what honour-based abuse is. He shares signs for organisations to look out for and strategies to overcome some of the barriers victims face in getting help.

Improving Anti-Social Behaviour Strategies with Staff Training and Community Safety Notices

The police recorded 1.3 million incidents of anti-social behaviour in the year ending March 2022. In this video, Liz Smith, Head of Anti-Social Behaviour at Stockport Homes shares how training staff and using community safety notices has helped reduce costs and improved the handling of anti-social behaviour cases in their housing association.

Giving a Voice to Victims throughout the Criminal Justice System

Many victims have expressed their disappointment in the criminal justice system. Findings from the Victims Commissioner’s 2021 Victim Survey reveal that only 43% of respondents said they would report a crime again. In this video, Nina Champion, Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance gives insights into improving trust, confidence and communications in the criminal justice system. She discusses ways to give victims a voice throughout the process and better support their needs through co-production.

Understanding New Methods of Child Criminal Exploitation

There were 12,720 children identified by social services as being at risk of child criminal exploitation by gangs between March 2021-2022. In this video, Abbee McLatchie, Director of Youth Work at the National Youth Agency discusses some of the challenges young people face which make them vulnerable to criminal exploitation and how services can better engage with them to provide support.

Creating Inclusive Environments to Promote Neurodiversity in Police Forces

The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s ‘Policing Vision’ states by 2025 policing will be a profession with a more representative workforce that better reflects its communities. In this video John Nelson, Chair of the National Police Autism Association shares some of the challenges neurodivergent people face in the police force and advises on workplace adjustments that can help to create more inclusive work environments.

Creating Accessible Services for Disabled Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Disabled women are twice as likely to experience abuse than non-disabled women. In this video, Ruth Bashall, Policy and Projects Advisor, at Stay Safe East shares some of the challenges disabled survivors of domestic abuse face and what changes need to be made to make services more accessible.

Protecting Girls and Young Women from Criminal Exploitation and Violence

It is often thought that only boys are criminally exploited but research by The Children’s Commissioner reveals that girls account for 34% of children aged under 17 involved in gangs in England. In this video Sherry Peck, Chief Executive of Safer London addresses the less well-known role of girls in criminal networks and discusses contextual safeguarding approaches to improve support programmes focused on rehabilitating females affected by violence and exploitation.

Supporting Victims and Witnesses to Achieve Good Evidence in Criminal Proceedings

In 2020, only 6% of victims were satisfied with their initial contact with the police. Rachel Roberts, Head of the Victim and Witness Care Unit at Surrey Police shared how the Unit has been able to support victims and witnesses at every step through the Criminal Justice System.

Domestic Abuse: Improving Police Response to Domestic Abuse

In the year ending March 2021, the police recorded nearly 1.5 million domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes. Roy Wilshire, Lead for Domestic Abuse, HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire Services shared the latest findings from the inspection on how police forces have responded to recent cases of violence against women and girls and how the police can improve.

Children in Care: Reducing the Risk of Children in Care going Missing

Over 1 in 8 children in care go missing every year. They are at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation, and when they return, are often put in secure accommodation. We heard from the National Youth Advocacy Service about why secure accommodation isn’t always the best option and why open communication can be the best way forward in these situations.

Gender-Based Violence: Support for Survivors through Housing and Legal Advice

According to Women’s Aid women experience 35 incidents of domestic violence on average before reporting it to the Police. Ivié Itoje, a Legal Advisor at London’s Black Women’s Project shared the valuable work of the project in helping women out of dangerous circumstances.

Emergency Services Wellbeing: Mental Wellbeing and British Policing: Running Towards Psychological Trauma

New figures show more than three-quarters of police officers had difficulties in the last year with their mental health. Professor John Harrison from Devon and Cornwall Police discussed how trauma affects police officers, and the services that his force provide to support officers through trauma.

Offender Management and Rehabilitation: Substance Misuse ‘Through the Gate’

Reoffending is more likely when drug and alcohol provisions are stopped after custody. Mark Dronfield from Turning Point London discussed the importance of continued support for offenders as they enter the community and shared the work of Turning Point.

Offender Management: Managing Parole and Protecting the Public from Serious Offenders

The Parole Board are an independent body that decide whether prisoners are suitable for release back into the community. We heard from Chair of the Parole Board Caroline Corby. They explored the Parole system and the work that the Board does to support victims of crime.

Why Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime is on the Rise and What to do About it?

Professor Simon Harding of the University of West London discusses gangs, knives and youth violence, why it is on the rise and what to do about it.

Engaging with Rough Sleepers to Improve Uptake of Drug and Alcohol Support

Every area has a distinct homeless cohort, and blanket policies are not the answer. Councillor Trish Hardy of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council explains that treating each area as unique and taking the time to learn the intricacies of the rough sleeping population is vital to helping individuals.

Delivering Evidence-Based Approaches to Tackling Drug and Substance Misuse

It is argued that the approach to drug addiction taken in the UK for the past 30 years has been a failure. Crispin Blunt MP, co-Chair of the APPG for Drug Policy Reform, explores the example of Portugal and how the UK can bring its policies in line with the overwhelming bulk of new evidence.

Offender Management: Insights from the Minister for Prisons and Probation

Alex Chalk MP, Minister for Prisoners and probation provided the latest updates in probation services at the Offender Management Conference 2021.