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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 to identify and tackle the root causes of serious violence 

Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Will Help Make Merseyside Safer and Stronger

‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’ or ‘ACEs’ is a term that describes the physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect that a child might have suffered, or the experiences of growing up in a home affected by domestic violence, mental health issues, substance misuse or significant problems with criminality.

Collectively, these experiences can negatively impact an individual’s health, behaviour and life opportunities. Rather than let the legacy of these experiences spoil someone’s life, we can address the needs and prevent the generational inheritance of ACEs – and long-term, positively impact the quality of people’s lives, and make communities safer and healthier. Thanks to Public Health Wales who have loaned the VRP their incredible film, (right), we can explain how ACEs work…​

Adverse Childhood Experiences
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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 in youth violence in public spaces.
  • Through the use of evidence and data, 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 created with data that's right for 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

Community Engagement
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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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Youth Work in A&E

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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