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Crimes of Violence: Young People

Home Office written question – answered on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide further details on the Centre of Excellence for Tackling Youth Violence announced in Budget 2020.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

On 11 March, the Government announced an additional £5 million for the Youth Endowment Fund to support the creation of a Centre of Excellence for Tackling Youth Violence. This will create a single evidence hub on what works to divert young people away from criminal activity and improve the effectiveness of our wider investments in crime reduction, including the work of the Youth Endowment Fund and Violence Reduction Units.

In 2019, we set up the Youth Endowment Fund to help at-risk young people avoid becoming involved in crime and violence. A core part of the Youth Endowment Fund’s mission is to test and independently evaluate interventions so that we know what works so we can better target future interventions.

Given the Government’s ambition to reduce youth violence, it is vital that we understand what interventions work and this is effectively disseminated to policy makers. This funding will support the creation of a world-class knowledge base, to ensure evidence on prevention of serious violence is freely accessible and widely shared with policy makers, service commissioners, and front-line professionals, enabling them to design increasingly effective early interventions and support structures for children and young people in their local community.

Discussions on the development of the Centre of Excellence are underway between Home Office officials and the YEF.

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