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Apr 21 2022

Understanding best practice in anti knife teaching (April 2022)

Essex Police, the Essex VVU, the PFCC for Essex and The Ben Kinsella Trust are teaming up to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife. We are offering a teachers, youth workers and practitioners in greater Essex. the opportunity to tour the award-winning Choices & Consequences anti-knife crime exhibition and learn about best […]

Mar 08 2022

Our Listening Projects

Between October 2021 and February 2022, the VVU commissioned Essex Council of Voluntary Youth Services (ECVYS) to run two listening projects. The projects were to gather both the views of young people and the views of the community on how safe they feel in Essex (especially around gangs & knife crime).This year the youth voices […]

Jan 27 2022

January 2022: Tell us about knife crime

The VVU wants to understand more about the perception of knife crime in Essex and whether individuals – particularly parents – feel confident in talking to their children about the associated dangers and risks of carrying a knife or bladed weapon. We would like to understand if there are enough resources available to support parents […]

Jan 17 2022

December 2021: Our county; going country social media campaign evaluation

At the end of March 2021, the VVU ran a campaign on social media to raise awareness of County Lines drug gangs. The target audience for the campaign was young people who were possibly on the periphery of getting involved in County Lines. These young people may have seen drug deals locally, have concerns about […]

Sep 14 2021

June 2021 – Our work to tackle serious violence in Essex

While the VVU brings together partners to tackle the root causes of why people become involved in violent crime, knife crime and gangs it is important that the enforcement activity remains high profile and centre stage. Enforcement activity not only catches and punishes criminal behaviour, but it reassures and protects the Essex public, and helps […]

Sep 07 2021

Summer 2021 Essex Virtual Crucial Crew

The VVU is delighted that between April and November this year it is working with Chelmsford City Council and Maldon District Council, Community Safety Partnerships to bring Virtual Crucial Crew 2021 workshops to 16,000 school children across Essex. Crucial Crew is an immersive theatre experience, created by TIC Box Productions which explores difficult issues that can affect […]