Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Tackling youth violence and knife crime in England and Wales - early intervention, the public health duty, and next steps for policing and prevention

December 2019

This conference will be a timely opportunity to examine the steps needed to tackle youth violence and knife crime, along with the progress made since the launch of the Serious Violence Strategy.

Areas for discussion include:

  • The role of early intervention and support for vulnerable youths;
  • Assessing the Serious Violence Strategy;
  • Policing and resources;
  • Multi-agency public health approaches; and
  • The establishment and impact of Violence Reduction Units.


We are pleased that Pippa Goodfellow, Director, Standing Committee for Youth Justice, has agreed to deliver an opening address at this seminar.

There will also be keynote contributions from Lib Peck, Director, Violence Reduction Unit, Greater London Authority; Dr Simon Harding, Professor, Cybercrime & Criminology Centre, University of West London and Dr Louise Gazeley, Senior Lecturer, Education, University of Sussex.

Further confirmed speakers: Councillor Evelyn Akoto, Southwark Council; Jamal Fraser, MAC-UK; Patrick Green, The Ben Kinsella Trust; Kerrie Henton, Stone Soup Academy; Tony Lewis, Unitas, Barnet Youth Zone; Caroline Liggins, Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors; Amanda Naylor, Barnardo’s; Dr Jane O’Brien, Youth Endowment Fund; Dr Natalie Seymour, MAC-UK; Sheldon Thomas, Gangsline; and Councillor Richard Watts; Islington Council.

Chaired by: Martin Bentham, Home Affairs Editor, Evening Standard.

The agenda

  • The youth justice system: ensuring a child first approach;
  • Addressing youth violence - the current state of play;
  • Tackling school exclusions;
  • The role of early intervention - exclusions and off-rolling, the youth endowment fund, and supporting vulnerable students;
  • Working with young people: supporting employment opportunities and mental health;
  • A multi-agency approach towards prevention - the public health duty, strategic partnerships and the focus of policing; and
  • Case study: violence prevention initiatives in London.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Legal Policy Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: Cabinet Office; Crown Prosecution Service; DCMS; Department for Education; DHSC; Government Legal Department; HMCTS; HMPPS Youth Custody Service; HMYOI Feltham; Home Office; MoJ; NAO; Ofsted; Sentencing Council and the Youth Custody Service.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates