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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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For the first time, a new report from the VKPP sets out publicly a clear, detailed picture of reported Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAE) crimes across England and Wales.

 Read - National Analysis of Police-Recorded Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Crimes Report 2022

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 Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) lead, DCC Maggie Blyth, 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. 

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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