Case Studies / Greater London Authority

Working with people 'at risk' to prevent violent crime

The Brief

The Greater London Authority commissioned Versiti to conduct qualitative research to understand the attitudes of people ‘at risk’ of being affected by crime (either as victims or perpetrators) towards sharing personal data to help prevent violent crime in London.

Our approach

Versiti conducted 24 telephone and video in-depth interviews with young people (aged 16-30) from diverse ethnic backgrounds living in selected wards and with profiles known to be ‘at risk’ of being involved in crime (i.e. truancy from school; N.E.E.T. and under 18; temporary or permanent school exclusion; illegal drug use; time in local authority care; diagnosis of mental illness or Conduct Disorder or Oppositional Defiant Disorder; family or friend involved in violence, as victim or perpetrator; member of a friendship group that commit crime and/or engage in anti-social behaviour; etc). Interviews lasted between 60 and 90 minutes and were recorded and transcribed verbatim.


Versiti’s findings and recommendations informed the work of the GLA’s Violence Reduction Unit. In particularly, it is used by key statutory sector organisations (e.g. Metropolitan Police, schools, NHS, ICO, etc) involved in data sharing, providing guidance on the types of personal data being shared, the protocols for data sharing and the public communications about why and how personal data is shared to prevent violent crime in London.

Myles Wilson

Senior Research Officer

Greater London Authority

“We commissioned Versiti for a difficult brief – qualitative research with a hard-to-reach group on a sensitive topic, within a tight timeframe. Working with them was seamless, and they exceeded my expectations. I look forward to working with them again on future projects.”

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