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Coordinating and improving the policing response to vulnerability

We are a passionate, diverse and multi-disciplinary group of staff who believe in bringing evidence and different perspectives together to effect positive change within policing.

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What is the National Policing Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP)​?

The VKPP works within the College of Policing to deliver projects that develop the evidence base for vulnerability and related serious crime, across police forces in England and Wales, driving practice improvement.

We work with the leads from National Police Chiefs' Council's (NPCC) Violence and Public Protection and Violence Against Women and Girls portfolios to improve policing's overall response, reducing threat and harm and improving outcomes for victims. The VKPP is largely funded by the Home Office, with our child safeguarding practice review panel work supported by the Department for Education.

Our work takes a ‘whole systems’ approach in informing and supporting strategic change across vulnerability nationally. We also use our analytical data capability, a supportive peer review offer, alongside research and review activity to increase both insight and impact across policing and partners/stakeholders.

VKPP Purpose Role and Function 

VKPP Objectives and Priority Workstreams 2023/24

What is vulnerability?

'A person is vulnerable if, as a result of their situation or circumstances, they are unable to take care of or protect themselves or others from harm or exploitation.’ Introduction to vulnerability-related risk | College of Policing

We work with national policing bodies, forces and partners to:

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