Decision details

PCC DN - Alison Cope – violence prevention presentations over 36 sessions in secondary schools across GM. – delivery Jan – May 2023.

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Alison Cope has lived experience of losing her son Josh when he was stabbed in 2013. Alison devotes her time to campaigning for violence reduction, much of which involves 2-3 hour presentations to secondary school audiences across the UK. Alison has recently presented at the Greater Manchester Hope Hack in Oct 2022, where her presentation was extremely engaging across an audience of over 100 young people. Alison’s message is one of awareness of the dangers of carrying a weapon, but also considering the impact of violence on individuals, family and friends, and looking out for signs amongst peer groups where early intervention may be required. Alison’s presentation has been endorsed by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
It is important that the VRU considers additional support to schools where the presentations take place in order that disclosures or concerns can be addressed beyond the presentations, so each school will be offered the services of GMP School Engagement Officers and Youth Navigators. (This support will not replace the existing statutory safeguarding arrangements in each school).
Education lead Dr Antony Edkins is in the process of identifying the schools wishing to participate and commit to longer term approaches to violence prevention.
Subject to the success of the presentations gathered via staff and pupil feedback, consideration may be given to widening the offer in 2023/24.


The programme director agrees a 2022/23 budget allocation of £10,000 (£3200 from Education / £6800 from Health and Wellbeing). Both Education and H&W leads in agreement.

Publication date: 27/02/2023

Date of decision: 20/01/2023