Additional vulnerability and violent crime projects

Across the programme there are several other projects and activities taking place that will contribute to the overall evidence base for vulnerability and violent crime. Many of these projects focus on direct engagement with forces and partners in order to obtain an understanding of current practice, identification of gaps and exploration of opportunities for sharing knowledge and learning. This page will be updated with more information about the projects and links to relevant outputs throughout the course of the programme.

Understanding current approaches

​Every Call for Practice submission we received is being reviewed and 'mapped' to collate current approaches to vulnerability and serious violence, help us to identify patterns and gaps, and share knowledge across the service. The interim map is a database managed by our partner team in the NPCC VKPP (Vulnerability, Knowledge and Practice Programme).

​If you wish to locate a force currently working on an area that you are interested in please contact stating which type of initiative you would like more information about and they will provide you with the relevant information and/or direct you to the appropriate force contact.

​National Vulnerability Action Plan (NVAP)

The National Vulnerability Action Plan is aimed at supporting police forces to deliver seven identified key themes that have specific actions:

  • Early intervention and prevention
  • Protecting, supporting, safeguarding and managing risk
  • Information, intelligence, data collection and management information
  • Effective investigation and outcomes
  • Leadership
  • Learning and development
  • Communication

​The first draft of the plan has been developed with experts and forces in order to ensure information is captured correctly, and in a format that is suitable for assessment. This plan was circulated to all forces within England and Wales and they were asked to respond by the end of April 2019. The information is being reviewed and assessed in order to develop a picture of the current availability of response to vulnerability, and each force's planned activity, their potential for improvement in activity, and ability to share knowledge or skills.

​Serious Case Review

​The Vulnerability, Knowledge and Practice Programme is pleased to launch the first in a series of quarterly briefings that draw together police-specific learning from Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) and other similar reviews and documents. The SCRs were chosen for inclusion where there was police involvement prior to the incident that triggered the SCR, so it is very relevant to strategic and operational practice.

​The briefing provides an overview of 17 Serious Case Reviews in the first instance, highlighting a special theme on non-intimate partner family violence. The briefing further highlights recurrent themes in relation to strategic and operational practice across different types of cases that will allow forces to reflect upon and improve practice.  You can access the first briefing below.

Serious Case Review: First briefing

​The second briefing is expected to be available mid-July 2019.  We envision the briefings will evolve to begin to incorporate learning from new sources of information, such as Rapid Reviews, as it emerges from the new national safeguarding arrangements that are underway. We ask forces and other partners to send through any serious case reviews, rapid reviews or other similar learning documents published post-January 1st 2016 to the VKPP for consideration in forthcoming briefings. Please address these to the VKPP mailbox at

​We also welcome your feedback and engagement with this piece of work, and plan to follow up to assess its impact and ways in which we can improve the briefing to meet the needs of forces in England and Wales.