The government is committed to ensuring that young victims of crime get the protection and support they need. As the Prime Minister said in the House on 6 March, we have seen too many young lives lost to terrible crimes. The response must be cross agency, and focused on supporting and protecting victims and their families.
The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy published last year sets out a wide range of actions intended to address serious violence including knife and gun crime, and homicides. We are working with the Home Office following the Home Secretary’s announcement in October 2018 for the £200 million Youth Endowment Fund (YEF). The fund will be delivered over the next 10 years, targeting those children most at risk of becoming involved in serious violence.
In 2017/18 we spent £97m to fund support services for victims of crime, and we forecast to spend broadly the same in 2018-19.
Included in this funding the Ministry of Justice provides approximately £68m to Police and Crime Commissioners to commission victim support services locally, based on the needs identified in their area.
The Ministry of Justice provides approximately £3.4m a year for support to families bereaved by murder and manslaughter. A key priority and focus of resource within the Homicide Service we fund will be ensuring that support for families bereaved by serious violence such as gang crime, includes the right specialist support to support and help protect young family members.
As announced in the government’s Victims Strategy, which was published on 10 September 2018, my officials are considering longer-term and more sustainable funding arrangements as part of our work to develop a new delivery model for supporting victims and witnesses of crime.