Serious youth violence and knife crime – ALDCS Seminar

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9NH

Contact details

Name: Hannah Barker
Email: [email protected]

A seminar on how Children’s Services responds to serious youth violence, including knife crime. 

The aims of the seminar will be to:

  • Share emergent and good practice approaches in responding to issues of serious youth violence, including knife crime
  • Ensure mutual understanding of priorities, approaches and goals across LAs, MOPAC, Ofsted, and the voluntary sector
  • Consider where cross-Capital working could better help and protect children and young people, and lever increased capacity across partner organisations

The event will be chaired by the Directors of Children’s Services leading on this issue on behalf of the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS).

Agenda and timings:

09.30am Welcome and introductions, purpose of seminar - Annie Hudson, Strategic Director – Children’s Services, Lambeth

09.35am Understanding and working to the needs of young people - Jacqui Highfield, Director of Programmes, Redthread

09.50am Overview of LA approaches to tackling serious youth violence - Martin Pratt, Executive Director Supporting People, Camden

09.55am Combatting knife crime together - Rebecca Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer, MOPAC

10.00am Roundtable discussions: Presentation of practice examples in small groups* - All

10.50am Break

11.05am Whole group feedback - All (chaired by Anne Canning, Group Director Children, Adults and Community Health Services, Hackney)

11.40am Roundtable discussions: What more could be done with other local authorities and partners across the capital to tackle this issue, and what might the benefits of this be? - All

12.00pm Feedback and whole group discussion on cross-capital working - All (chaired by Martin Pratt)

12.20pm Response and reflections from Ofsted - Brenda McLaughlin, HMI Social Care and Donna Neill, Senior Advisor, Annual Report Programme, Research and Evaluation

12.25pm Wrap-up and next steps - Annie Hudson

12.30pm Lunch
Once you have signed up, you will be sent a short form to complete summarising your current practice in this area. You will receive a copy of the agenda and papers closer to the date.

Note: Please only sign up to this event if requested to by your Director of Children’s Services, as places are limited to two representatives from each London local authority.