Knife Crime Conference

Date and time
Thursday, 12 March 2020
09.00 - 16.30

Enterprise Centre
Bridge Street

This is a conference in response to the increasing knife crime in the UK, particularly around inner cities in England, including Derby. The basis of the conference is to consider how professionals can collaborate and work closely together to support and meet the needs of young people in our local communities. As with every topic there is a political angle to address this. Cat Smith, Labour Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs, will be addressing the conference with an update on the political landscape for the youth services.

There will be an opportunity to explore key organisations, hear various professional experiences of knife crime and consider in what way we can support young people in our communities and lobby for gaps in services to provide the support needed for young people. The workshops will discuss various factors which are contributing and preventions to knife crime.

This is a conference for all professionals working with young people, parents, carers and students.

The agenda for this conference will be confirmed closer to the date of the event. The timings of the day will be 9.30am registration with a 10am start, and due to close at 4.30pm.

You will have the opportunity to network with professionals, keynote presentations will be delivered from Craig Pinkney who is a Criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist and Lecturer at University of Birmingham, and Cat Smith MP. Workshop sessions will be running in the afternoon covering themes around mental health and youth justice. The day will finish with inter-professional panel discussions.

Keynote Speakers

Craig Pinkney is a Criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist and Lecturer in Birmingham, UK.

Craig is an experienced Youth Worker and academically holds a BA (Hons) in Youth & Community Development, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Postgraduate Certificate in Research, MA in Criminology and is currently a PhD Researcher in Social Sciences at Birmingham City University.

Craig has over 15 years of experience as an outreach worker, transformational speaker, international gang exit strategist, mediator, mentor and filmmaker. He is well known for working with some of the country's most challenging young people, potentially high-risk offenders, victims of gang violence and youth who are deemed most hard to reach.

He is also the UK lead for the EU Gangs Project, an advisor for the Ministry of Justice in Jamaica, an advisor for the West Midlands PCC on Gangs and Youth Violence and a full-time Lecturer at University College of Birmingham, specialising in youth violence, urban street gangs, social media and violence, trauma and black men’s desistance.

Cat Smith was elected as MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood on 7 May 2015.

Prior to entering Parliament she worked for Jeremy Corbyn MP and as a policy officer for the British Association of Social Workers. In 2010 she contested the Wyre and Preston North constituency without success. Smith has contributed to publications and news blogs associated with the Labour Party, including LabourList and Tribune.

Born in Barrow-in-Furness, Smith moved to Lancaster in 2003 where she studied at Cartmel College, Lancaster University, graduating with a BA in Sociology and Gender Studies.


Exhibitors TBC

Conference cost

Full day rate including all refreshments and lunch is £75 per person or £25 discounted rate for students.

*Please note student number is required to be eligible for the reduced rate

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Directions to the venue

The Conference will be held at the University of Derby's Enterprise Centre. Located in the heart of the East Midlands, our venue is just minutes from Derby train station and only a short distance from the M1 and East Midlands Airport.

By Car - For driving directions to our venue, view our PDF of our Enterprise Centre directions. Free onsite parking is available however this is limited. We will be in touch closer the date of the event to give you an opportunity to secure an onsite parking space.

By Rail - The closest train station is Derby train station; this is approximately 2.5 miles from the Enterprise Centre and will take 10-15 minutes in a taxi. Alternatively, you can catch the Number 6 Unibus which departs from outside the main entrance of the train station and will take you to the Bridge Street bus stop directly outside the venue - this service starts at 8am and a single trip will cost £2. View bus timetables.

By Air - The closest airport is East Midlands, located just 15 miles from the Enterprise Centre. This should take around 25 minute by car. Alternatively Derby Skylink operate a 24 hours bus service, picking up directly outside the terminal building and dropping off at Derby Bus Station. This service runs every 30 minutes during the day and hourly during the night, seven days a week and takes approximately 40 minutes.

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