Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit

The online event highlighted emerging best practise and innovation from criminal justice projects across Greater Manchester. The event aimed to enable participants to understand links between violence and childhood experiences, understand the value of lived experience mentoring to rehabilitate and reduce levels of violence, and understand how a trauma responsive approach identifies children and young adults who may be involved in crime and who are not visible to statutory services.

Discussions also took place on using practitioner-based commissioning models to remove barriers and reduce levels of violence.

A range of providers led the event and shared their experiences, successes, and challenges to encourage partnership learning.

Find out more about each of the providers below.


  1. Work as equals to help clients identify the best approach for them
  2. Work to an agenda set by the client
  3. Help clients move forward by asking questions rather than answering them
  4. Give no advice nor do anything on a client’s behalf
  5. Challenge as well as support

Many clients who had lost hope or felt they had no options, have been able to take a proactive approach and transform their thinking and their lives. Clients have:

Find out more about CIAO here – Coaching Inside and Out (CIAO) | Unlocking potential since 2010.


Since going live in May 2021, 74 successful applications have been received. Funding has been provided for bikes, laptops, ID and PPE clothing.

Out of these 74 people, 10 are now in employment, 4 are currently job searching and 25 have completed or are currently in training.

Referrals to the fund are made via probation practitioners or partner agencies.

Find out more here –  Achieve North West Connect (ANWC) – Career Connect


Many children enter the criminal justice system by being named as suspects, but their childhood experiences are not always considered, and they may be invisible to services such as Early Help.

The PIED programme works with stakeholders to identify who is best placed to engage with the child and create the trusted adult relationship needed to cope with trauma.


Dignifi train and support practitioners to deliver a self-development programme that helps people who have experienced trauma understand what has happened to them and how to manage their responses better. They also advise organisations on how to develop more supportive environments for their staff to help them deliver such complex and emotionally challenging work over the long-term.

Dignifi have supported Sosa through his journey. Watch this short video to hear his story:

Find out more – DIGNIFI – Trauma Informed Practice.


The event was a real demonstration of commitment from Greater Manchester to improve the lives of those affected by crime and reduce levels of violence in our communities.

Following the event, the Violence Reduction Unit have taken a series of recommendations and actions away to continue our mission to improve the criminal justice system’s response to violence. The learning reinforced our view that the Violence Reduction Unit must place the community at the heart of its work, and we look forward to similar events in the future.

Article posted on: 22/04/2022 10:04am

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