Schools & Preventing Violence Summit

The issue of youth violence is one that affects us all. It cuts across all communities and only strong partnerships and effective collaboration will help us tackle it.

In answer to the ongoing violence in Birmingham, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is hosting a ‘Schools & Preventing Violence Event’ which will bring together senior leaders from schools and colleges across the city.

The event will be a key opportunity to share examples of schools working differently to tackle violence. Attendees will be able to learn about a range of innovative approaches and develop a number of practical ideas which will make a real difference in the short, medium and long term.

It is critical that school and colleges feel empowered and are aware of some of the great initiatives and work practices that are making a real difference in preventing and reducing violence.

Key speakers will include West Midlands Police, the Children’s Trust a number of representatives from schools in Birmingham, and key individuals from the voluntary sector, with more to be confirmed.

There will also be a ‘Marketplace’ where projects currently being funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle gangs and violence will be showcased. This will be a chance for schools to learn more about the services on offer in their local areas, and how they can work more closely with the community and voluntary sector to tackle violence.

Do not miss this important opportunity to bring together decision-makers and key practitioners to examine practical ways to tackle youth violence.

Police & Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said “Violence in society, particularly amongst young people, must be confronted with positive action.

“We must work together to ensure that young people feel a part of society, and are able to go on to live successful and productive lives.

“Schools are vital to a young person’s success and we must ensure that teachers and staff feel empowered to deliver the best possible education in a safe and stable environment.”

Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities at Birmingham City Council, said: “Tackling and preventing youth violence is an absolute priority for the city. We work closely with our partners to deliver schemes across Birmingham aimed at keeping young people safe and giving them the support and confidence to stay away from knife crime and violence.

“Schools and colleges have a vital role to play in terms of reaching young people and working with them to ensure they feel safe while pursuing their studies, so this event will provide a wider insight of the resources and support available to them across the city.”