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Serious Violence Strategy - is it fit for purpose?

Rosie Horton, Senior Communications Officer
Monday 9th April 2018
Home Office’s new Serious Violence Strategy and our young people were some of the first to talk to her about it.

This morning Amber Rudd was criss-crossing London – hosting a roundtable, launching the new strategy and meeting young people, front-line workers and parents who have been involved with our Leadership and Enterprise project in partnership with Yellow Qube. Some key asks that came from our conversations with her include:

  • More young voices being heard, and including young people on the new task force  
  • More safe spaces where young people can go with their friends
  • Collaboration between parents, schools, youth sector organisations, the police and the government
  • Creating better relationships between the police and the community to rebuild trust

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Amber Rudd has launched the Home Office’s new Serious Violence Strategy and our young people were some of the first to talk to her about it.

This morning Amber Rudd was criss-crossing London – hosting a roundtable, launching the new strategy and meeting young people, front-line workers and parents who have been involved with our Leadership and Enterprise project in partnership with Yellow Qube. Some key asks that came from our conversations with her include:

  • More young voices being heard, and including young people on the new task force  
  • More safe spaces where young people can go with their friends
  • Collaboration between parents, schools, youth sector organisations, the police and the government
  • Creating better relationships between the police and the community to rebuild trust

Some of these asks are answered in the new strategy. Some of them remain ambiguous.

Whilst engagement with young people is mentioned, we will work alongside our young people to push for their voices to continue to be heard at the highest levels. Young people are brimming with ideas and have more influence over their peers than at any other time in their life. They are the ones who really understand the fear and the pressures of life today, and the best way to address them. This is why young people must be at the heart of designing any solutions. As we’ve said before, there’s no point in having a task force to tackle youth violence that’s full of adults.

We are encouraged to see that a joined up cross-government approach lies at the heart of the new strategy. It’s also comes as somewhat of a relief to hear that there will be a focus on, and investment in, early intervention and prevention to tackle the root causes of serious violence. An investment of £11 million in a new Early Intervention Youth Fund is a good start. Substantial long-term funding will be needed to address the complex causes of serious crime.  

We are advocates of strong partnerships and collaboration. We are proud of the work we do with partners – from delivering our programmes in communities and prisons across the UK, to submitting a proposal on the new Serious Violence Strategy alongside Khulisa, MAC-UK, Redthread, Safer London, St Giles Trust and StreetDoctors.

Yet looking beyond the youth sector there is work to be done to improve partnerships. Most pressingly to build better relationships between the police and their communities. Stop and search is a reality that isn’t going away any time soon. Yet we hear time and again that it’s the way in which it’s carried out that causes conflict. Are there opportunities to create spaces for the police and the community to come together and bridge some of the gaps that have formed? We will certainly be looking to see if there is work we can do to support this, and would welcome any partners who want to come on-board.  

Read the full strategy here

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