Looking ahead to the Day of Hope on 7 December 2021, Thames Valley VRU was represented at a Downing Street reception.
In the latest VRU blog, former Headteacher Tom Goodenough discusses exclusion – what no Head wants to do, but is often left no option
80 Sandhurst schoolchildren benefited from a powerful educational event with the Kiyan Prince Foundation, helping them to understand the dangers of knife crime and drugs and the importance of making positive life choices.
Sarah Burrows, Chief Executive of charity Children Heard and Seen, guest authors this blog on the importance of providing support to children and families when a parent is imprisoned.
A pilot scheme has been launched in Oxford city which will rapidly identify children of a parent who is sent to prison, targeting a swift offer of support for the whole family.
The Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit, together with the Reading children services organisation Brighter Futures for Children, contributed to a training session for officers from Thames Valley Police to help raise awareness of the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences on young people.
Thames Valley Police and the Violence Reduction Unit has made a force-wide commitment to maintaining the provision of specially-trained schools officers, with new resources available to help support young people, keep them safe and prevent them being drawn into crime and violence.
Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) have been working with South Yorkshire VRU, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield as part of an N8 Policing Research Partnership funded research project aiming to understand more about the impact of using images of knives when talking to young people about the risk of knife carrying and usage.
The Government has confirmed that a bid for an additional £800,000 to fund youth intervention programmes in Oxfordshire has been secured by the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit.
In this guest blog exploring the value of mentoring support, authored by Tim Blake, Project Director of Starting Point, a Reading-based mentoring organisation.
Volunteers will be working in the Royal Berkshire Hospital Emergency Department, offering mentoring support to young people admitted in circumstances involving risky behaviours.
The Youth Endowment Fund Toolkit summarises the best available research evidence about different approaches to preventing serious youth violence.