Street Gangs and Associated Threats, Risks and Vulnerability
“Gang violence, drug dealing and exploitation have a devastating impact on vulnerable young people, their families and local communities. And they have no place in a Britain that works for everyone.” –Amber Rudd, Home Secretary
In 2016, the Government published “Ending Gang Violence and Exploitation” a six point plan to address growing concerns about a rise in gang activity. Priorities include reducing knife crime, safeguarding women and girls involved with gangs and providing real alternatives to gang membership.
Normally seen as a problem in big cities, established criminal groups are increasingly branching out into smaller towns where the local authorities have less experience dealing with gang activity. The National Crime Agency estimates that up to 180 drug gangs have now expanded into rural and coastal areas.
Join us for Street Gangs and Associated Threats, Risks and Vulnerability where leading experts will provide unique insights into gang crime and its effects. Understand how Greater Manchester is tackling gang crime, learn safeguarding techniques to protect at-risk young people and hear from former gang members about their experiences.
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Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
Dean Coady OBE, Managing Director, Urban Pure Solutions
Dean Coady OBE, former Parachute Regiment soldier, served 26 years front-line policing in Greater Manchester. CID Organised Crime Operations, Murder Squad, Gang Unit and Prevent -Counter Terrorism. Formerly one of the highest decorated Detectives in the UK. Now delivering Safeguarding training across the UK in relation to CSE, County Lines, Radicalisation, Street Gangs and Crime and Consequence. MD at Urban Pure Solutions.
A Life On The Street Darryl Laycock, Youth Mentor and Reformed Gang member
An overview of the life of one of Manchester's most notorious and influential (former) gang members. Shot, stabbed, prosecuted and jailed, Darryl gives an unprecedented and very real view into the secretive world of Street Gangs.
Street Gangs of Manchester A Modern History, Rod Carter and Paul Miller
Two of the founding members of Greater Manchester Police's award winning Xcalibre Task Force, The Gang Unit. Paul and Rod's encyclopaedic knowledge and actual experience of the history of the Manchester Gang scene is unrivalled. They will give you the counter-perspective of gangs from a working Detective's view.
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An Introduction to working in Partnerships
Dan Diamond, Senior Probation Manager, National Probation Service Northwest
Senior Probation Manager - was instrumental in tearing down the barriers separating Police from Probation font-line staff. Pioneer in partnership working to protect young people from Street Gangs and Organised Crime.
Lunch and Networking
Street Gangs: A female perspective
An extremely moving account of a young women's challenges trying to bring up a family under the shadow of gangs and violence
An introduction to County Lines
Dean Coady OBE
Combatting Organised Gangs activities in relation to child exploitation. Enhanced engagement advice for adult Safeguarders working with vulnerable children and young people.
Closing Remarks from Chair
Dean Coady OBE, Managing Director, Urban Pure Solutions
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- Early Intervention and Ending Exploitation: Progress made since the publication of Ending Gang Violence and Exploitation; understanding the underlying social issues and how gang violence and exploitation is evolving; developing a preventative model; and priorities for improving partnership working and a multi-agency approach.
- Helping People Turn around Their Lives: Information sharing and improving targeted interventions; supporting care leavers in transition and other vulnerable individuals; the role of schools and engagement with education; developing mentoring schemes; and next steps for measuring success
- Developing an Effective and Appropriate Criminal Justice Response: Tackling county lines and ensuring disruption from police doesn’t just push gangs to another locality; analysing the impact of gang injunctions; priorities for bridging the funding gap and the need for resources; and assessing the effectiveness of national gang’s policy.
- Take advantage of excellent networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities
- Share you own stories and experiences with the conference and contribute to wider thinking about gang violence
- The conference will bring together professionals from the Criminal Justice System, academia, and the wider public, private and third sectors with those living with gang violence, providing a rare chance to engage with and learn from each other
- The programme has been designed to offer maximum practical value, featuring a mix of keynote speeches, service-user presentations, and case studies from those who are doing things well
- Be inspired by examples of best practice from leading organisations across the legal and social care sector.
Who should attend?
- Front line Police officers
- Heads of integrated gang member units
- Integrated gang member unit detectives
- Murder squad detectives
- Corrections Staff, Parole/Probation
- Crime Analysts
- Criminal justice lecturers/professors
- Social service workers
- Heads of schools
- Ministry of Justice representatives
- Safer communities leaders
- Voluntary/third sector actors