“Saving Young Lives: Don’t Crash or Burn!” Conference at Birmingham City University

  • Date: 2nd June 2017 to 2nd June 2017
  • Time: 10am to 3pm
  • Location: Room C087, Curzon Building, Birmingham City University Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD
  • URL: Event Link
West Midlands Fire service

West Midlands Fire Service and The Future Melting Pot are hosting the UK’s first ever conference outlining the links between youth unemployment, accidental fires in the home and road traffic collisions.

The research shows a clear relationship between poverty and deprivation, accidental dwelling fires (ADFs), and road traffic collisions (RTCs).

This event is relevant and extended to anyone concerned with youth welfare – and to explore the findings and to develop possible solutions.

‘Saving young lives: Don’t crash or burn’ will:

  • provide a chance to hear about our research into the links between youth unemployment, those killed and seriously injured on our roads, and accidental dwelling fires among young people aged 16-24
  • raise awareness about important trends across hot spot areas in the West Midlands
  • highlight connections between unemployment, road traffic collisions and domestic fires
  • increase awareness of the data and how it can inform funding and decision making
  • share information that could enable you to engage more effectively with young people and extend the preventative aspects of your work
  • give the opportunity to share your professional views and provide feedback.



The 2 June event is aimed at local authority policy makers, road safety officials, influencers in road safety and accidental dwelling fires, police, community safety and public health practitioners, academics, businesses and others.

Key speakers:

  • Des Prichard, former Chief Officer of East Sussex Fire Authority
  • Councillor Brett O’Reilly, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Skills
  • Professor Steve Garner, Head of Sociology and Criminology at Birmingham City University.
  • EstellaEdwards, CEO of The Future Melting Pot


Room C087 Curzon Building
Birmingham City University
Cardigan Street
Birmingham B4 7BD

2 June 2017

Book now: https://savingyounglives.eventbrite.co.uk

Estella Edwards, Chief Executive of The Future Melting Pot, said: “Our multi-agency study shows that people living in some of Birmingham’s poorer and deprived areas are at a higher risk of being involved in road traffic collisions than those from more affluent parts of the city. Young men aged 16 to 24 are especially vulnerable.

“The conference will be give an opportunity to people and organisations concerned with young people’s employment and wellbeing to come together, identify solutions and find a way forward.”

West Midlands Fire Service and The Future Melting Pot are currently researching the relationship between patterns of youth unemployment, road traffic collisions (RTCs) and accidental dwelling fires (ADFs). The intention is to produce evidence-based reports, recommendations and guidelines for use by policy-makers, local and national agencies and cultural and employability practitioners. https://www.wmfs.net/dont-crash-burn/ 

TFMP Conference invite PDF (1)

Further Information

Find out more about this event by calling us on 07957 457299
or emailing us at info@youthemployment.org.uk
or visiting the event website

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