Reducing violent crime within Merseyside: The role of the sports sector

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Goodison Park

Goodison Road

Liverpool

L4 4EL

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Convened by the PCC for Merseyside, this event will engage the sports sector in taking a preventative approach to violent crime

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Background to Conference

In recent times there has been a worrying increase in serious violence across the country. In Merseyside there were 4 murders, 86 serious woundings and 140 knife crimes in the first half of the year alone (to 1/6/19).

In response to this escalation, Jane Kennedy - the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Merseyside - has convened this conference to engage members of the sports sector as part of a preventative 'public health' approach to tackling crime. This approach has been adopted both internationally (in Columbia, Canada and the USA) and closer to home (Scotland and Cardiff) with dramatic results.

After securing £3.37m from the Home Office, work is underway to establish a Violence Reduction Unit which will spearhead this work in Merseyside. The Violence Reduction Unit is a partnership group which will be responsible for driving the public health approach across the whole of the Merseyside area. It is foreseen that the sports sector will play a vital role in implementing focussed interventions to prevent young people from becoming involved, or a victim, of crime, and funding for sport-based projects will be discussed on the day.

Speakers & Participating Organisations

  • Jane Kennedy, Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside
  • Prof John Ashton, former Director of Public Health for Merseyside, North West Regional Health Authorities, & Past-President Faculty of Public Health
  • Richard Kenyon, CEO, Everton in the Community
  • Rob Carden, Assistant Chief Constable, Merseyside Police & Superintendent Mark Wiggins, Head of Violence Reduction Unit, Merseyside Police
  • Steve Rotherham, Metro Mayor for Liverpool City Region (Invited)
  • Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool
  • Evidence-based examples of interventions from the Merseyside sports sector, including Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Anfield Boxing Club, Daisy Inclusion UK, Torus Foundation and more.
  • Plus: Q&A session for stakeholders with Jane Kennedy, John Ashton, Rob Carden & Mark Wiggins

Venue:

Alex Young Suite, Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool

(Please enter via Main Reception on Goodison Road)

Timings:

1.00pm: Lunch & refreshments

2.00pm: Conference start

4.30pm: Conference close

4.30-5.00: Optional tour of Everton in the Community facilities

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Goodison Park

Goodison Road

Liverpool

L4 4EL

United Kingdom

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