Vulnerability and violent crime programme

National programme to develop the evidence base on vulnerability and violent crime now launched.

The College, in partnership with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), has been awarded a grant through the Home Office Police Transformation Fund to undertake a programme of work to use and develop the evidence base on vulnerability and violent crime. Areas of interest for the programme include knife crime, gangs, county lines, criminal exploitation of young people, and child sexual abuse/ exploitation. The programme will have a particular focus on children and young people and is funded until March 2020.

A Vulnerability Coordination Centre (VCC), hosted by the NPCC, has been created and is working with force violence and public protection (VPP) leads to identify current interventions and approaches to vulnerability and violent crime across forces in England and Wales. A minimum of ten of the most promising interventions identified by the VCC and key stakeholders will then be tested through independent evaluations to build the evidence base around what works to tackle vulnerability and violent crime. The Knowledge Research and Practice Unit (KRP) at the College will manage the specification and procurement of these evaluations.

Sharing current practice

The programme offers an opportunity for the service to evaluate new and existing practice in key areas. The end result will be a 'menu' of interventions for decision makers to choose from when addressing some of the most challenging areas in policing. Staff from the VCC will be working to gather information from national leads across a range of areas, as well as engaging with force violence and public protection leads to understand different ways of working. We are keen for officers and staff to share practice examples with the College and the VCC to help ensure we capture the full range of interventions and approaches being used across the service. A formal call for practice has now been launched and closes on September 21st. You can find guidance on the call for practice here and call for practice form here.

Academic involvement

Academics can get involved in the programme either as advisors or independent evaluators. Advisors will work across a number of evaluations to identify challenges and notable practice, reporting to the programme board and working closely with the College Lead and Programme Manager to monitor and support the delivery of the programme. Initial expressions of interest in these roles can be made to

Academics interested in undertaking independent evaluations are encouraged to register on the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) Research Marketplace in preparation for the tender of evaluations in late 2018. Details can be found here.  We anticipate advertising opportunities in October/ November 2018 and awarding contracts for this work in December 2018.

Contact details

Please direct any questions to