To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support youth services working to deter young people from crime, and violent crime in particular.
Youth services and their strategic partners provide crucial preventative and targeted interventions and are an important partner in the strategy to tackle serious violence.
My Department allocated over £863m between 2014/15 and 2018/19 to youth programmes providing positive activities for young people.
The Home Office’s £200m Youth Endowment Fund will deliver a ten-year programme of grants enabling interventions targeted at those who are most at risk of involvement in crime and violence in England and Wales. This follows an investment of £22m by the Home Office between 2018/19 and 2019/20 through the Early Intervention Youth Fund to support community services which deter young people from violent crime.
Her Majesty’s Government will continue to work together closely to implement the Home Office’s Serious Violence Strategy.