NYA responds to government’s £40m Serious Violence Strategy

12 Apr 2018

The Home Office yesterday set out a Serious Violence Strategy to tackle recent rises in knife crime, particularly amongst young people.

The strategy looks to address “root causes” of serious violence and will look to “support young people to lead productive lives away from violence.”

£40m has been designated for the strategy including an £11m Early Intervention Youth Fund (over the next two years) and an as yet unspecified amount of funding for young people’s advocates working with gang-affected young women and girls.

The announcement comes following vast cuts to children’s services and Youth Offending Teams across the country despite significant rise in demands for such services over the past 8 years.

Following the announcement, National Youth Agency CEO Leigh Middleton said “NYA welcomes the acknowledgement from the Home Office of the huge challenges facing young people, and as always, welcome the announcement of funding to support them. However, it must be followed by further funding, expansion of youth services and the utilisation of valuable youth work in supporting young people to truly tackle the issues at hand. We at the NYA look forward to working with the Home Office in this matter.”