Claremont Communications, an expert agency in behavioural change communications and research techniques was commissioned by the Violence Reduction Unit to undertake the project during 2022.
We are working with the Safer Oxfordshire Partnership to reduce serious violence across Oxford City, Cherwell, West Oxfordshire, South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse district council areas.
The Safer Oxfordshire Partnership provides strategic oversight and direction for preventing crime and anti-social behaviour across Oxfordshire.
The partnership supports collaboration on shared community safety priorities across the four district-led Community Safety Partnerships. It acts as the single point of contact for the office of the police and crime commissioner.
Safer Oxfordshire consists of:
- an elected member-led oversight committee, which includes elected members and officers from Oxfordshire’s six local authorities (Oxfordshire County Council and five district councils)
- an officer-led co-ordination group, which delivers the statutory community safety requirements at the county-wide level
For further information on the way the Safer Oxfordshire Partnership operates, visit their website.
The district Community Safety Partnerships, develop strategic plans for their respective areas. They ensure delivery of district community safety priorities and work collectively with partners on countywide priorities through the Safer Oxfordshire Partnership.
Further information about the four district Community Safety Partnerships can be found on their websites:
- South and Vale Community Safety Partnership
- West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership
- Cherwell Community Safety Partnership
- Oxford City Community Safety Partnership
In addition, they are represented at both the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit Strategy Board and Operational Board and are a core member of the wider violence reduction partnership. Through this, the VRU can support and coordinate violence reduction activity being delivered by partners in Oxfordshire and across the Thames Valley.
The Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit and Thames Valley Police have begun an innovative new process to identify children of a parent who is sent to prison, allowing a prompt offer of support for the whole family by the charity Children Heard & Seen.
The VRU has funded additional posts within the nine local violence reduction partnerships, bringing additional capacity and capability and to help coordinate efforts to tackle violence.
Thames Valley VRU have established Violence Reductions Networks, led by education partners to embed trauma informed practice in schools to make them more inclusive.
Thames Valley VRU are working with the PSHE Association and NPCC to produce quality assured PSHE resources for schools on key topics such as Substance Use and Violence.
MVP is a peer-led programme enabling schools to work with young people to challenge accepted narratives around violence.
The VRU working with Criminal Justice, Oxfordshire Children Social Care and the Youth Justice Service are piloting a new process to ensure effective information sharing when a young person has been arrested
DIVERT is a custody Intervention programme which is designed to reduce reoffending and has been funded by the TVP Violence Reduction Unit.
Intensive Engagement or I.E, are currently working alongside the Violence Reduction Unit…
The effects of knife images on young people are set to be examined as part of a new partnership project involving Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit.
Working with Thames Valley Police’s Service Improvement Team, the Violence Reduction Unit have designed a new tool to help officers and staff tackle serious violence across the Thames Valley.
Operation Prelude is a focused deterrence programme, using the principles of problem solving, it is designed to focus activity on those individuals presenting the greatest risk to local communities and divert them away from offending.
A key priority of the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit’s strategy to reduce violence is to ensure those who commit violence are effectively brought to justice. In order to support this priority, the Violence Reduction Unit have initiated Op Rebus
Op Rasure is TVP’s response to violent and knife enabled crime.
In conjunction with Thames Valley Police’s Foundation Training Team, Police Officers in training will now receive a trauma informed drugs awareness input.
New Leaf, offer face-to-face mentoring programme which aims to support to young people that are at risk of exclusion and/or are currently within the criminal justice system.
We have worked with Oxfordshire County Council Fostering Services to raise awareness of Child Criminal Exploitation by providing remote training for Tier three foster carers.
The VRU have identified five hotspot hospitals across the Thames Valley Area and are working with those hospitals to set up hospital navigators utilising local providers who understand the needs of the local people
Redeeming our communities (ROC) has been commissioned to deliver ROC Conversations/ROC tele mentoring and ROC Mentoring across Reading, Milton Keynes and Oxford.