Volunteers will be working in the Royal Berkshire Hospital Emergency Department, offering mentoring support to young people admitted in circumstances involving risky behaviours.
Areas we cover
We are working to reduce serious violence for all of the 2.4 million people who live in the Thames Valley, and the 6 million people who visit every year.
We work across all twelve local policing areas, nine local authorities and multiple district councils.
Read more about what we’ve been up to across the Thames Valley.
Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit is supporting new research into the use of Out of Court Disposals (OOCDs) undertaken by the leading policing research body and think-tank, Crest Advisory.
The Director of the Thames Valley VRU has welcomed new prohibitions on deadly weapons as an amendment to the Offensive Weapons Act comes into force.
The Director of the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit is to guest edit a leading journal, exploring brain injury and the criminal justice system.
An additional £1.8m to tackle serious violence has been confirmed. £1.18m will fund the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit’s work for the coming year. An additional £735,000 has also been confirmed to fund violence hotspot policing.
The first annual Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit Strategic Needs Assessment document has been published, collating information from across partners . It provides new insights which underpin the public health approach to tackling serious violence and will inform activity over the coming year.
Who we are
We are a group of professionals working closely with the community to address the causes and effects of serious violence. Drawn from policing, education, social care and health, we work together to share our learning and ensure our activities are informed by the communities we are working to protect.
What we do
We work across several strands, with activity helping to prevent individuals from becoming involved in serious violence, and ensuring our response is working to prevent further violence from occurring.
Find out more about the resources we have developed to help teachers, community safety practitioners and community leaders to work with us to reduce violence and prevent harm, from early years to custody.
The Youth Endowment Fund Toolkit summarises the best available research evidence about different approaches to preventing serious youth violence.
The National Youth Agency Safeguarding and Risk Management Hub (The Hub) is a freely accessible online resource providing guidance, support, advice and access to training resources in relation to safeguarding and risk management for organisations and individuals working with young people.
Our 2021/22 Strategic Needs Assessment has been published
A Violence Reduction Network (VRN) is a multi-agency forum and action group committed to reducing violence in our local community. The primary aim is to establish a series of trauma informed schools within the network to act as the corner stone for further problem solving activity in the area. The network will share good practice, identify common problems and design local solutions.
An introduction and link to the Loughborough University evidence-base paper for adopting ‘Child First’ approaches to the work of the Youth Justice System (YJS) of England and Wales
We recognise that substance use and other addictions affect the user as well as their loved ones, families and friends. We work closely with trusted statutory partners and charities that are able to provide support, especially whilst we are all affected by the impact of Coronavirus.
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