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Nov 06 2023

Youth Voice conference (Oct 2023)

(write up by Essex Boys and Girls Clubs) This year’s Youth Voice Conference was held on Saturday 21 October 2023 at Writtle University College Chelmsford. More than 100 people gathered together to help continue a conversation to enable change for a better future with one question in mind, how do we keep young people safe […]

Nov 06 2023

October 2023: Essex Knife Bins

There are 16 knife bins in towns and cities across our county where you can safely deposit knives and other bladed articles. They are funded jointly by the VVU, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and Essex Police. The knife bins are available so the public can deposit knives and other weapons safely and are […]

Oct 18 2022

October 2022: County Lines lesson plans

Following the success of our campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of County Lines, and the ways young people can become involved, we have produced three lesson plans for use in secondary school settings. The lesson plans should be used sequentially and discuss the psychology of decision making and influence, the importance of a […]

Aug 18 2022

March 2021: Our County; Going Country

Find out more about how County Lines gangs operate in Essex. How you can support and help your mates, and spot the signs of exploitation.

Feb 17 2022

March 2022: Working in partnership to make Essex knife free

Essex Police, the Essex Violence and Vulnerability Unit, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and The Ben Kinsella Trust are teaming up to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife by launching a new competition for Essex secondary school children.

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 […]