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Improving and coordinating the Police Service response to vulnerability

We are a multi-disciplinary team, working to understand current approaches and characteristics of vulnerability demand, identify gaps and innovation, to shape evidence-based practice improvements across policing in England and Wales.

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

The VKPP are delivering projects to develop the evidence base for vulnerability and related serious crime, across police forces in England and Wales, driving practice improvement.

Working with the National Police Chiefs' Council's (NPCC), the Violence and Public Protection (VPP) lead and funded by the Home Office, the VKPP undertake a range of direct engagement with forces and key partners to understand current practice, identify promising practice, gaps and share knowledge and shape future responses with emphasis on the 14 stands of public protection. This is with a view to improving policing's overall response, reducing threat and harm, bringing more offenders to justice and improving outcomes for victims. 

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:

Mission, Vision & Objectives

To work in collaboration with forces, key NPCC leads, College of Policing, the National Crime Agency, HMICFRS and external partners to gather a more detailed understanding of current practice and the interventions deployed to address vulnerability and the serious violence threat.

Generate a shared understanding of where the most significant gaps in practice and knowledge are nationally and work to both identify and promote emerging practice being developed.

Latest news

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New VKPP Stakeholder Bulletin is launched

Welcome to the first edition of The Stakeholder Bulletin from the VKPP – a brand new bulletin from the Vulnerability and Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP) designed to keep stakeholders…

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VKPP website is launched!

New VKPP website is ready to go! We hope you find it useful and informative. We have also launched our account on Twitter so do follow us @VKPP 

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Virtual National VKPP Conference 2022

The second virtual National Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP) Conference will take place on Friday 1st April 2022.