Gang Violence and Exploitation: Ensuring an Effective Local Response (Manchester)

Speakers Confirmed:

  • Ann Coffey MP, Chair, APPG for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults
  • Bob Smith, HM Inspector of Probation
  • Joanna Hunt, Area Manager, The Children’s Society - Greater Manchester
  • Richard Brown, Service Manager, The Children’s Society - Greater Manchester
  • Sally Nash, Head of Service, Youth Offending Team, Wolverhampton City Council
  • Sarah Castro MBE, Director of Development and External Affairs, Safer London
  • Rachel Fung, Solicitor Advocate, Lancashire Constabulary
  • A mother’s story: experience of the effects of gang violence and exploitation (name withheld)


The police and local authorities have a duty to combat gangs and the impact they have. As well as safeguarding young people from gang exploitation, they must work to reduce violence and protect the wider public. The recent rise of ‘county lines’ has created new challenges for local agencies.

Join us in January to receive guidance on tackling gangs and develop your local strategy. You will hear about ‘what works’ in tackling gangs locally and receive practical guidance on how to strengthen the response to gangs in your area.  

Key Issues to be Addressed:

  • Understanding the national picture and Government action on gangs
  • County lines: tackling gang activity outside of urbans areas
  • Working in partnership to build robust structures and safeguard vulnerable young people
  • Understanding and confronting the link between gangs and runaway/missing children
  • Learning from success: What works in tackling gangs?
  • Examples of effective partnership working

About the Day:

The morning session will give delegates an update of the policy landscape and the Government's priorities for tackling gangs. In the afternoon session delegates will explore current best practice in tackling gangs. This session will focus on practical advice to support vulnerable young people and break up cycles of crime and exploitation.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from all those who deal with gangs locally and nationally, including community safety and CSP teams, the police, PCCs, local authorities, MoJ, Home Office, children’s services, primary care trusts, probation services, LCJB, LSPs, the CPS and Courts Service, DAATs, YOTs, Victim Support, voluntary organisations and academics.

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Public Sector & Not for Profit | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each

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