Knife Crime: Violence Reduction Units - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 20 February 2024.

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Photo of Lord Farmer Lord Farmer Conservative 3:00, 20 February 2024

My Lords, a major risk factor for young people’s involvement in violent gangs is the lack of a father at home, so what are the violence reduction units doing to make absent fathers part of the solution? Many are still very present in their children’s minds, and being estranged from ex-partners does not automatically mean they have no sense of responsibility towards the children who have gone astray. How are VRUs harnessing and encouraging that responsibility?