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Dec 21 2023

Youth groups we want to listen to you!

Last year the Essex Violence and Vulnerability Unit invested £1.6million in county wide interventions to help keep young people across Southend, Essex and Thurrock safe. The interventions the money was invested in were based on information gathered from the 2022 Listening Project which asked young people across Essex what they need to feel safe and […]

Dec 19 2023

This Christmas consider the supply chain behind recreational “party” drugs

This festive season, agencies that work with children and young people are asking recreational drug takers to stop and think about the supply chain behind their party drugs. Vulnerable Essex young people are exploited and groomed into transporting drugs across the county in the process known as County Lines. Young people are lured into carrying […]

Dec 11 2023

Come and join our team!

ReRoute Practitioner (3 roles)          Fixed term or secondment (18 months) An exciting opportunity has arisen for a skilled practitioner who is passionate and committed to working with young people to reduce the risk of serious violence and to support making young people feel safer and protected within their communities and able […]

Dec 08 2023

Have you sorted your settings yet?

We are teaming up with Essex Police on their successful ‘Sort Your Settings’ campaign. The campaign provides support and information for anyone wanting to make online devices safer for their children. Following the previous success of the crime prevention initiative, the campaign will get a further boost this year as a result of working with […]

Dec 05 2023

Sharing best practice between VRUs

A member of the VVU visited Hampshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) this month. This is part of our learning exchange programme with the other VRUs across the country. This gave us an excellent opportunity to explore how Hampshire VRU are working and share across our two areas examples of our different interventions. The visit provided […]