- Chair: Rory Geoghegan, Head of Criminal Justice, Centre for Social Justice
- Abi Billinghurst, Founder & CEO, Abianda
- Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, OCU Commander of Violent Crime Task Force, Metropolitan Police
- Nichole McIntosh, Interim Operations Director, Safer London
- Dr Simon Harding, Associate Professor in Criminology, University of West London
- Will Linden, Acting Director, Violence Reduction Unit Scotland
- Junior Smart, Business Development Manager and Head of SOS Gangs Project, St Giles Trust
- Sheldon Thomas, Consultant on Gangs & Serious Youth Violence
Gangs and serious youth violence are an urgent concern across the UK. Police recorded crime has hit the highest level in more than a decade after gang related killings, knife offences and robberies have surged.
Building on the Ending Gang and Youth Violence Programme, the Government has introduced the Serious Violence Strategy.
Attend this conference to get updated about the latest plans to confront gang crime and respond to its rapidly changing nature.
Join leading experts and practitioners to hear about tackling gang criminality by effective enforcement, suppression and proactive policing, working with partners to prevent offending and build safer communities.
Hear directly from ex-gang members
to gain a greater understanding about the root causes of gang and street weapon culture and how to reach out to young people to challenge destructive attitudes and behaviours.
In a time of increasing austerity and public service budget cuts it is vital for collaboration between agencies to pool resources and expertise. Ending youth violence requires an end-to-end approach, from prevention to rehabilitation, from partners including the police, health, education, local government, the voluntary sector and the criminal justice system.