In June 2019, the Government announced Home Office funding to assist 18 Police Force areas to set up Violence Reduction Units. This was supported by a new Public Health Duty which will cover the police, local councils, local health bodies, education representatives and youth offending services. It will ensure that relevant services work together to share data, intelligence and knowledge to understand and address the root causes of serious violence including knife crime. It will also allow them to target their interventions to prevent and stop violence altogether.


The purpose of the VRU Funding/ grant stipulation is:

  • The production of problem profile and multi-agency long term strategy for reduction in serious violence
  • To offer leadership and strategic coordination of the local response to serious violence
  • Must support a multi-agency public health approach to preventing & tackling serious violence
  • Focus on Early Intervention
  • Must adopt the World Health Organisation’s definition based on data & intelligence

    done with and for communities




Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner has received a £1.16M grant to establish a Violence Reduction Unit. The proposed model for Lancashire will deliver the five elements outline above through a core multi-agency management team and six workstreams that are currently being developed. The Home Office funding criteria allows for local Violence Reduction Units to develop their own definition of violence and for the inclusion of domestic violence as well as violence that occurs in the public realm. This approach will be adopted in the Lancashire Model.

A Violence Reduction Unit Leadership Board has been established to provide oversight and governance of the programme and to ensure that links are in place with other current multi- agency work programmes addressing similar or complementary issues.

The Violence Reduction Unit is working to tight timescales and aims to have a draft strategy produced by December 2019 in order for this to be circulated and agreed by the relevant partnership boards by March 2020. At this time it is not confirmed whether the monies awarded for establishing the VRU will reoccur for a second year.

This work is an exciting opportunity to fuse together key pieces of work with a view to improving health outcomes, preventing vulnerability and therefore reducing demand across the public sector. It will focus on working with Lancashire communities to achieve this wherever possible.

A structure chart for the Lancashire Violence Reduction Unit is attached at Appendix A.

Each one of the workstreams has now been established with a key leader assigned. This has included a number of attachments and secondments to the Unit from across the partnership on a part and full time basis. The Violence Reduction Unit will operate with a Trauma-Informed approach and ensure that the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is understood and are taken into account.

Briefing Oct 2019 Robert Ruston I Violence Reduction Unit, Programme Manager I OPCC Victims & Vulnerable People Lead

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Each workstream is expected to

  • Develop its own purpose and/or “mission statement” and defined outcomes expected from the work.
  • Identify suitable measures for the outcomes, where possible using existing measures being recorded by relevant partner agencies.
  • Ensure that the measures for outcomes and any relevant output data supports the development of the Problem Profile and the Strategy & Action Plan.
  • Identify possible intersections with other Work Stream and liaise with the relevant Work Stream Lead(s)
  • Provide a weekly update at the VRU Team meeting via the Work Stream Lead on work undertaken to date and plans, areas of development etc for the coming week.
  • Work with the VRU Team to identify existing partnerships and multi-agency groups that support the core theme of the Work Stream to develop integrated working pathways and avoid duplication of service delivery.






First 1000 Days

Hazel Gregory

Head of Safeguarding

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Awareness Raising and Prevention Programme

Justin Srivastava

Superintendent, Lancashire Constabulary

National Police and Health Consensus Lead.

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Multi-Agency Violent Reduction and Intervention Team

Ian Whitehead

Detective Superintendent, Lancashire Constabulary

Head of Public Protection

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Accident and Emergency Navigators

Hazel Gregory

Head of Safeguarding

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Lancashire Divert Programme

Dave Oldfield

Inspector, Lancashire Constabulary [email protected]


Prisons and Prisoner’s Families

Sue Clarke

Chief Superintendent, Lancashire Constabulary

Violence Reduction/ACE and Trauma Informed Lead Lancashire Police [email protected]

Briefing Oct 2019 Robert Ruston I Violence Reduction Unit, Programme Manager I OPCC Victims & Vulnerable People Lead

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