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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Liverpool City Council: working with schools to tackle knife crime

Liverpool has been rocked by a number of stabbings of young people recently. The city council responded by working with partners to launch a programme of support in schools to deter young people from carrying knives. This case study is an example of how councils are tackling youth violence.

Safer London: helping young women escape from criminal gangs

The Safer London charity is working with councils across the capital to help young women caught up in criminal networks and at risk of sexual exploitation. Advocates working alongside council teams help hundreds of young women every year to escape the abuse.

Norfolk County Council: moving from enforcement to early intervention

Norfolk Council has had great success in identifying and arresting criminals involved in county lines. But now the local community safety partnership is turning its attention to doing more work on early intervention and prevention. This case study is an example of how councils are tackling youth violence.

Northampton Borough Council: setting up youth clubs to tackle criminal activity

The Community Safety Partnership in Northampton has started working with schools to warn pupils about the dangers of knife crime. The initiative has paved the way for a new project which will see youth clubs created to target at youngsters most at risk of finding themselves caught up in organised and violent crime. This case study is an example of how councils are tackling youth violence.

North East Lincolnshire Council: tackling county lines head-on

North East Lincolnshire Council set up a partnership board to tackle county lines drug-dealing two years ago. The move has prompted a series of new initiatives, including the appointment of a link worker, training for health staff and projects to support victims. This case study is an example of how councils are tackling youth violence.

Southend Borough Council: providing a coordinated approach

Southend Council has created a new steering group to coordinate the fight against county lines, ensuring the two safeguarding boards, community safety partnership and health and wellbeing board (HWB) are working together. It has already led to a public awareness campaign being run and other projects are now in the pipeline. This case study is an example of how councils are tackling youth violence.

Wakefield Council: diverting young people from crime

Wakefield Council’s award-winning Liaison and Diversion Service is helping young offenders steer themselves away from crime by providing support for everything from mental health problems to help accessing education and training. The approach has proved so successful it is now being replicated in other areas. This case study is an example of how councils are tackling youth violence.

Procurement and contract management support

As with other local authorities, central grant funding has been drastically reduced and as such, strategies and activities need to be implemented to ensure Copeland Borough Council (CBC) is financially self- sufficient by 2021. This case study forms part of our productivity experts resource.

“Your Call”: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

“Your Call” is a partnership with residents which empowers both individuals and groups to volunteer and support the council to deliver vital services.

Efficiency and income generation

Peckham Levels

Southwark Council identified and enabled the transformation of an underused multi-storey car park into a major cultural and creative hub and workspace. This case study forms part of the Value of culture - regeneration section of our online Culture Hub.