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Serious Violence Summit


Barking and Dagenham Council hosted London’s first East BCU tri-borough Serious Violence Summit in partnership with Havering and Redbridge Councils on Wednesday 16 January 2019. The event brought together key partners and local communities to discuss the challenges of serious violence and how we can work in partnership to tackle the complex root causes of violent crime.

Almost 240 people attended the Serious Violence Summit which took place in London East, Dagenham.

The Summit started an honest conversation about the causes and challenges of violent crime and the solutions that are needed with key partners to make positive and sustainable change. Key note speakers included:

  • Sophie Linden, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • NHS and Criminal Justice agencies
  • lead community and voluntary organisations including the Ben Kinsella Trust
  • head teachers and schools
  • local community and faith organisations

Information, resources and best practice ideas were shared throughout the Summit, which heard first-hand how best to tackle the root causes of serious violence within communities.

The Summit also announced the establishment of a Commission which will tackle cultural aspects that may have helped to normalise domestic violence in some parts of Barking and Dagenham.

Following the first tri-borough Serious Violence Summit at Barking and Dagenham, plans are being developed to host further Summits across the tri-borough.

Attendees’ feedback on the Serious Violence Summit