In its report on Serious youth violence the Home Affairs Committee says the rise in serious youth violence is a social emergency, and that young people have been failed in the most devastating way, losing their lives as a result.
The Committee says that the Government’s Serious Violence Strategy is a completely inadequate response to the wave of violence blighting our communities. The Committee is calling for:
- Stronger focus, leadership and direction from the Government and Prime Minister, and an accountable leader in every local area reporting to the Prime Minister on action to bring serious violence down.
- Major investment in local youth services and prevention work – including a new ‘Youth Service Guarantee’ to help prevent young people becoming caught up in violence.
- Urgent action to tackle county lines – including stronger local safeguarding plans.
- Substantial additional resources for policing.
- All schools in areas with above average risk of youth violence to have dedicated police officers.
- Action to cut school exclusions and end the part-time timetables in alternative education provision.