Following a debate in Parliament, a Cross Party Commission was launched in 2017 to examine the root causes of youth violence in England, Scotland and Wales. The Commission is consulting young people and working with academics and practitioners to better understand how serious violence manifests itself in many young people’s lives. The Commission has the support of MPs from across political parties but it is not funded by Government, nor is it an All Party Parliamentary Group.
In July 2018, the Youth Violence Commission produced its interim policy report with recommendations to address serious, youth violence issues. You can read the report here. Following City Hall’s announcement in September 2018 that the Mayor will be establishing a London Violence Reduction Unit, the Commission has now decided to refocus much of its resource and effort over the coming months to ensuring that the London Violence Reduction Unit gets the best start possible.
Whilst London has had particular challenges this year, serious youth violence is not confined to the capital. Our Commission has always been a national one and we will continue to develop our recommendations as they apply to the UK more widely. In particular, the issue of young people and mental health was one of the most recurring and significant themes in our work to date. We hope to work closely with young people and experts on this particular issue as we take the Commission forward. We will provide further details of our full work programme in due course.