In October 2021, DCC Maggie Blyth took up post as the first NPCC lead for Violence Against Women and Girls. In this lecture she will discuss her role in driving and coordinating police action in this area, examining both the challenges for policing and the crucial role of partnership working in responding to these offences.
Maggie Blyth was appointed NPCC Lead for Violence Against Women and Girls on 11 October 2021 with responsibility for overseeing the national policing response to violence against women and girls.
Maggie’s previous role was Assistant Chief Constable with Hampshire Constabulary with responsibility for all matters relating to local policing (response and patrol, neighbourhoods) and public protection. This includes the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable people and the Force response to domestic abuse.
Maggie has a long background in safeguarding and public protection having worked throughout her career in probation and youth justice services and within child protection prior to joining policing as a Superintendent in 2016 and becoming the Portsmouth City Commander in 2017. She set up the first County youth offending service in the late 1990s, going on to work at the National Youth Justice Board with oversight of youth justice services for England and Wales during the early 2000s. She then spent a decade as an Independent Chair of Kent, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Boards alongside a Ministerial appointment as an independent Member of the Parole Board for England and Wales.
She has published several books on children at risk and is particularly interested in how public services work together to protect communities effectively from high risk and high harm crimes to reduce vulnerability.
If you have any questions, email PIER@aru.ac.uk