2015 Annual Conference: Policing and protecting vulnerable people

Past event
Past event theme: Annual Conference

2015 Annual Conference: Policing and protecting vulnerable people

 Supported by BT

The changing face of crime is creating new demands on policing, with public safety and concern for welfare incidents now representing the largest category of incidents in some forces. While recorded crime continues to fall, calls related to modern slavery, child sexual exploitation, vulnerable adults, domestic abuse and mental ill health are all increasing – the Metropolitan Police Service estimates that mental health issues now account for at least 20 per cent of police time. And all this is happening just as resources are being severely squeezed and agencies are withdrawing from partnership working to focus on their core statutory duties.

Our sixth annual conference provided an opportunity to debate with and learn from some of the leading experts in the field about how the police (and their partners) can best respond to to the challenge of reducing harm and risk and secure public protection at a time of declining resources.

Selected conference footage and slides

Professor Mike Nash, University of Portsmouth ‘Vulnerability and public protection – have we got the balance right?’

Rob Beckley QPM, Chief Operating Officer, College of Policing ‘Are the police equipped to face the demands?’

Louise Casey CB, Director General, Department for Communities and Local Government ‘Proactive public services – lessons from the Troubled Families programme’. 

Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria ‘Violence against women and girls strategy’.


Break-out session slides


Mark Smith: ‘Policing mental health and suicide risk in BTP’.

Professor Nick Fyfe: ‘To the end of the world’: the processes and challenges of policing investigations of missing persons’.

Dr Loretta Trickett: ‘How do we deal with hate crime effectively?’

Mark Woodbridge & Vikki McKenna: ‘Pan-Merseyside Child Sexual Exploitation Service’.

Professor Mike Nash: Strengths and weaknesses of multi agency working