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Helping Merseyside people to stay safe during these difficult times is a key priority for the VRP. We understand that the Coronavirus has imposed a particularly challenging time upon some people, including young people. Other risks have emerged for some, too. In response to this, we continue to work closely with partners to ensure you have access to good and useful information that can help you to protect yourself – and others – to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.
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Welcome to Merseyside VRP

Your Violence Reduction Partnership

The VRP brings together Merseyside police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, local government, National Probation Service and the county’s Youth Offending Service, health and education professionals, community leaders and other key partners as one team identify and tackle the root causes of serious violence 

Our latest campaign 'Eyes  Open' is live now!

Launched at the end of March, Merseyside’s Violence Reduction Partnership’s latest campaign, ‘Eyes Open’, reminds our communities that drug gangs are grooming kids in Merseyside every day. We ask everyone to know what to look for by knowing the signs of grooming, and know who to help by reporting known or suspicious behaviour to Crimestoppers – your call or webchat remains forever anonymous.

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We believe that all communities across Merseyside have the right to be free from violence in order to provide the best life chances for all.

WHO WE ARE

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VISION AND VALUES

We aim to...

  • Tackle the causes of serious violence in Merseyside
  • Reduce serious violence in Merseyside and particularly youth violence in public spaces
  • Identify suitable responses to prevent violence before it becomes a part of someone’s life
  • Provide opportunities for young people to fulfil their life chances away from the impact of violence and crime
  • Ensure our response is bespoke to the challenges in each area of the county
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WHAT WE DO

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ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

Now a well-established model of addressing and understanding childhood trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) informs a way of looking at how the trauma can have negative, lasting effects on health and wellbeing.

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CAMPAIGNS

The VRP is committed to raising awareness about subjects related to reducing serious violence in Merseyside. Their campaigns are a regular feature to their work and they are produced with the ambition to provide the best life chances for all, believing everyone has the right to be free from violence.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Working with young people is integral to the success of the VRP, and listening to what young people have to say and what they aspire to and want, is a significant feature in our community engagement work (what we do).

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EDUCATION

Working with educational provisions across Merseyside, the VRP aims to reduce serious violence among children and young people attending schools and colleges.

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MEDICS AGAINST VIOLENCE

Formerly called ‘navigators’, the youth workers deployed in the A&E department at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital explore the opportunity to support victims, and in some cases perpetrators, of violence to evaluate the success of long-term intervention work.

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REDUCING REOFFENDING

Merseyside VRP supports the critical need to pay attention to young people who incline towards reoffending. So by working with our VRP partners, we aim to find ways of identifying the reasons why – and how – to reduce patterns of offending.

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