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Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: With the leave of the House, I will wind up the debate. I thank colleagues on both sides of the House for their contributions to this important debate. We have heard, as I suspected we would, many sad instances. I thank colleagues who have shared the terribly sad stories from their constituencies in the Chamber. I thank the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Vicky Foxcroft), who called for...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: It is independent of the Government.

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: To clarify, I was not claiming that the music causes serious violence. From a safeguarding perspective, and as mums, surely we want to keep our children safe and protect them. We need to have a debate about what sort of music and videos we, as mothers, want our children to be listening to and watching. At the moment, I do not know where that line is. There are clear cases where violence has...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: I beg to move, That this House has considered a public health model to reduce youth violence. There is something particularly poignant about discussing serious violence, its terrible ramifications and a public health approach towards it in the days leading up to Christmas. It is poignant because some families will be facing their first Christmas without a son or a daughter, a brother or a...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: I thank the hon. Gentleman, who contributes a great deal through the serious violence taskforce, which is chaired by the Home Secretary and brings together colleagues from across the House and people from local government, Whitehall Departments, the police, health and so on to try to tease out ways of tackling serious violence. I understand his point. It is of course for each Member of...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The taskforce has met five times—it meets pretty much every month, although there may have been a period of five weeks between one or two meetings. There was a meeting only last week that I was unfortunately unable to attend because I was required for a debate in the House, but the next meeting is on 9 January. We do not publish the minutes of the meeting because we want people to be able...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The right hon. Gentleman will know that the serious violence strategy, which I am about to come on to, sets out the cross-governmental, multi-agency approach to the public health model. He mentions Redthread, so I hope he knows that the Home Office has been funding charities such as Redthread, St Giles Trust and other important and valuable contributors from the charitable sphere for some...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: I will give way, after which I will make some progress.

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: I pay tribute to the right hon. Gentleman for his work on this subject over the years, and I join him in paying tribute to the work of the Youth Violence Commission. I absolutely agree about adverse childhood experiences. He will know there is a new inter-ministerial group, chaired by the Leader of the House, focusing on the first two years of life. I invited myself on to that group because...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: I always enjoy the company of my colleagues on the Treasury Bench. In fairness, those Ministers may not be here today, but they are there at meetings of the serious violence taskforce, the inter-ministerial group on serious violence and the inter-ministerial group on the first two years of life. There is a great deal of Whitehall involvement, and there has to be, because we have to ensure...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The hon. Lady, who has done so much work in her constituency and in the House on knife crime, not least through chairing the all-party parliamentary group on knife crime, is absolutely right. Sadly, we know that more young people are carrying knives because they think, wrongly, that it will offer them protection. That is where education is critical. I am extremely grateful for the work the...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, and I was grateful for the particular interest he took in the Offensive Weapons Bill. I am not familiar with the case he has raised, but if he provides me with the details, I will certainly look into it. When the police ask us for powers we do our level best to provide them, but I, too, would like to see those powers used sensibly when they are...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: I listen to and consider that with great care, but I must make the point that I would like to support our young people and give them the reassurance that if they do not want to be listening to or watching videos that are incredibly violent—as I say, I am not familiar with the example my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) provided—we can take a stand and say,...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: We are tackling this through our social media hub and through the serious violence taskforce. These issues are very difficult and they need to be debated, not only by us in this place, but by the wider communities. As a mum, I know that one wants to protect one’s child and one would hope they are not accessing and seeing material such as that. We have to tread carefully around this, because...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: I will give way, but this will be the last time, as I must move on.

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: It is as though the hon. Lady had my speech in front of her, because I am just about to move on to the further work that we have announced in recent months. Of course, having positive role models is key, particularly for young people with the biggest set of vulnerabilities, who perhaps do not have someone at home on whom they can rely. That may be because their home lives are difficult and...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: I am not going to, I am afraid, because I must make progress. It has been a great pleasure for me, as part of my role, to meet youth workers and discover what they think will most help their young people. We in the Government are then in a position to help them in their work. On 2 October, the Home Secretary announced additional major new measures to tackle violent crime. First, he announced...

Gender Pay Gap (5 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I congratulate the hon. Member for Walthamstow (Stella Creasy) on securing the debate. We all know how committed she is to this important issue and to gender equality generally. It is a pleasure to discuss it with her in this forum, as it is to meet her behind the scenes to try to get things done. I also thank other hon. Members...

Gender Pay Gap (5 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: I was at the same event, and a female electrician corrected me by saying that only 1% of electrical engineers are female. As in our earlier discussion about pilots, there is no reason why more electricians and electrical engineers should not be women. Let me turn to the work we are doing to help the lowest paid. The Minister for Women and Equalities, my right hon. Friend the Member for...

Gender Pay Gap (5 Dec 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The hon. Lady raises a very important point. This is about changing conversations and attitudes in the wider society as much as it is about what we do in this place, which of course is important. Frankly, it is about ensuring that society modernises the way it treats men and women in the workplace. We know that some employers are better than others. I hope that employers who are not doing...


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