National Community Safety Network set to make a difference in the capital of culture 2008

The 13th Annual Conference for the National Community Safety Network takes place in Liverpool on June 4th and 5th. For the 2008 event there is a clear objective which is "Sharing good practice to make a difference".

The event is being staged in Liverpool as the City celebrates its year as European Capital of Culture. All hotels and venues are within walking distance of each other and are also easily accessible from Liverpool Lime Street Station. In the City you will see regeneration, impressive architecture old and new and enjoy fantastic shopping experiences.

Aimed at all those who work within the field of Community Safety, this is a programme designed by practitioners for practitioners which makes it very different from other conferences of its type. The conference is all about practitioners learning from other practitioners about their practice on the ground, how they made it work and the barriers they overcame in the process.

Why attend?

A delegate from the 2007 event said "The 2007 Conference was an excellent opportunity to meet a wide range of practitioners from all Criminal Justice and Community Safety Agencies. It provided a forum for not only showcasing our own campaign and initiatives but also for exchanging ideas and best practice with other Agencies in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere."

Delegates can see keynote speakers, check out potential new suppliers in the exhibition area and choose their own conference content according to their field of work by attending a choice of workshops, master-classes and seminars.

Keynote Speakers

On June 4th the keynote speaker will be Professor Gloria Laycock, Director UCL Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science. This presentation will describe some of the latest research from UCL Jill Dando Institute. It will look at the prevention of domestic burglary and why prevention requires detailed understanding of some sophisticated statistical methods. The session will look at reducing street robbery, which requires some simple analysis bearing in mind basic crime theory. ASB in the UK will also be covered, and Gloria will ask some difficult policy questions for local groups.

On June 5th the main plenary speaker will be Chief Constable Matt Baggott
The Chief Constable of Leicestershire, C.B.E. Chief Constable Matt Baggott leads for the Association of Chief Police Officers on the delivery of neighbourhood policing and citizen focus. His presentation will explore the latest developments in these fields and the links between neighbourhood policing, community safety, neighbourhood management and regeneration.

Workshops, Seminars and Master-Classes

A key feature of the conference is that delegates can choose from content that is appropriate to their area of expertise.


Taking place on 4 June, these are interactive sessions. There are eight topics to choose from and delegates can attend two separate workshops. Topics and speakers are listed below.

Presenter Tony Moran of Blyth Valley Council
Title Practical problem solving

Marie Harris & Pauline Ashton of the NSPCC
Title Community Parents project

Diane Lee, Paul Cartwright and Tricia Holder of Wakefield Metropolitan District
Title Council Tackling city centre violence

Jeanette York of the Audit Commission
Title Assessing the new CDRP standards

Tony Kehoe - Consultant
TitleAction Planning

Sylvia Chenery of Applied Criminology Associates
Title Multi-agency working & beat sweeps

Geoff Berry - Consultant
Title Evaluation demystified

Jean Cowdrey of West Sussex County Council
Title Victims of domestic abuse: joining it all together


Taking place on 4 June, these are short and informative sessions designed to enlighten the audience on a particular subject. There are eight topics to choose from and delegates can attend two separate seminars. Topics and speakers are listed below.

Chris Williams of Safer Merton
Title Tackling gangs through positive diversion

Stephanie Sutton of New Forest District Council
Title ASB & Crime suffered by vulnerable people

Julian Westwood of Mersey Travel Title Public Transport Crime & Disorder

Alan Lewis, Liverpool Council for Voluntary Service
TitleCommunity engagement

Helen Knayston of the Home Office
TitlePartnership Support Programme

Peta Halls, National Youth Agency
Title Positive activities for young people

Ben Kench, The Can Can Man
Title Motivating partners?

Kathy Robinson of the Home Office
Title Making national standards work


Taking place on 5 June, these are hour-long sessions which will explore some complex issues. There are eight topics to choose from and delegates can attend two separate master-classes. Topics and speakers are listed below.

Natalie Williams of Safer Hastings
Title Tackling the fear of crime

Mike Pierce of Safer Sutton
Title Effective commissioning of community safety services

Ian Galbraith, HM Prison Service
Title Employment: the key to reducing re-offending

Dave Chambers, National Programme Manager, Ministry of Justice
Title Community Justice

Prof. Laurie McMahon, Consultant
Title Planning future community safety services

Mark Liddle, ARCS Ltd
Title Youth justice & reducing re-offending

Chris Fox, Manchester Metropolitan University
Title Economics of community safety

Beacon Councils
Title Best practice on tackling anti-social behaviour

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