Question to the Home Office:
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase youth intervention services.
It is vitally important that we prevent young people from being drawn into violent crime, exploitation and abuse. The Government recognises that high quality youth services can transform the lives of young people.
The Government has invested £200 million in a 10-year Youth Endowment (YEF) Fund to tackle the drivers behind serious youth violence. An extra £5million has been awarded to the YEF in 2020 to develop a National Centre of Excellence, which will share knowledge and expertise with those working with vulnerable children and young people at risk of involvement in serious youth violence.
In July 2020, the YEF offered a total of £6.5m to 130 organisations across England and Wales as part of its COVID-19 grant round. The funding will help charities, social enterprises, local authorities and youth organisations to re-connect with young people at-risk of being drawn into violent crime and tackle any problems to emerge because of COVID-19.
The Government has invested £70m over two years (19/20 – 20/21) in establishing Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) in the 18 police force areas most affected by serious violence. VRUs bring together police, local government, health and education professionals, community leaders and other key partners to identify the drivers of serious violence and agree a multi-agency response to them. In addition to leading and coordinating local responses, VRUs are also delivering interventions to support those most at risk of involvement in serious violence. In year 1 of their operation, VRUs applied £23.1m to enable delivery of 175 different interventions, which reached over 100,000 young people.
We are significantly increasing investment in specialist support for county lines victims this year. With investment of £860k the St Giles Trust will be delivering one-to-one support in London, Merseyside and the West Midlands (the three largest county lines exporting areas) which will help over 200 vulnerable children and young people who are criminally exploited by county lines gangs to exit their involvement.
The Home Office is also continuing to fund Missing People’s SafeCall service (c.£200k FY20/21). This specialist 24/7 helpline provides advice and support to children, young people and their parents/carers who are concerned about county lines, criminal exploitation and gangs.
Through the £13.2m Trusted Relationships Fund we are identifying innovative approaches to tackling vulnerability among children and young people at risk of exploitation and abuse. The local authority-led projects, which went live in August 2018, provide support for children and young people identified as at high risk of child sexual exploitation and abuse, criminal exploitation and peer-on-peer abuse.
The Government also funded £22 million of funding for 40 projects through Early Intervention Youth Fund which ran from 2018 – 2020. This included awareness raising and education programmes, diversionary activities, tailored interventions, and programmes which aimed to cease offending or reoffending. A process evaluation of the EIYF will be available in Autumn 2020.
1. Government response to organised crime and young people's safety
30/08/2018 - Parliamentary Research
Found: motivation is often, but not always, financial gain.1 Youth gangs and serious violence involving young people
2. Policy paper: Prime Minister’s Summit on Serious Youth Violence
01/05/2019 - Cabinet Office
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Found: Summit on Serious
1 Prime MinisterÕs Summit on
Serious Youth Violence
1 - 4 April
3. Standing Committee for Youth Justice - written evidence
06/11/2018 - Inquiry: Serious violence - Home Affairs Committee
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Found: Standing Committee for Youth JusticeWritten submission from the Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SVC0031)SummaryThe
4. Serious Violence Strategy
21/05/2018 - Parliamentary Research
Found: formal definition of ﬁserious violent crimeﬂ, as the Home Office acknowledged in response to a recent PQ asking
5. North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner - written evidence
30/10/2018 - Inquiry: Serious violence - Home Affairs Committee
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Found: is to increase the number accessing early intervention and diversion schemes, youth intervention with
1. Oral Answers to Questions
10/06/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: we are investing over £220 million in early intervention schemes to steer young people away from serious - Speech Link
2: Will my right hon. Friend work with the Secretary of State for Education and the Treasury to ensure - Speech Link
3: and early intervention is critical. That is why we have, for example, the £200 million youth intervention - Speech Link
2. Oral Answers to Questions
15/07/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: more than the previous year. The Home Office, as the sponsoring Department, continues to oversee the DBS’s - Speech Link
2: Does the Home Secretary not understand —I think he does, along with the Justice Secretary—that it is - Speech Link
3: 2003 to include sports coaches, but will the Home Secretary update the House on progress towards strengthening - Speech Link
3. Oral Answers to Questions
09/06/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: outbreak. How many conversations have he and the Home Secretary had about suspending “no recourse to public - Speech Link
2: hon. Gentleman will be glad to know that the Home Secretary and I discuss many issues relating to domestic - Speech Link
3: safety by investing in staff, education, psychology services and mental health support and by trialling secure - Speech Link
4. Oral Answers to Questions
01/04/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: outside this place last Friday, what steps is the Secretary of State taking to reassure both EU and non-EU - Speech Link
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3: our NHS and not just for nurses, so will the Home Secretary look at lifting the cap on tier 2 visas for - Speech Link
5. Serious Violence
15/05/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: door, desperate to know that they are safe and back home. Tragically, for some, that moment of relief never - Speech Link
2: always—caused by organised criminal groups. Does the Home Secretary share the head of the National Crime Agency’s - Speech Link
3: with the Policing Minister before: despite the increase in funds to recruit more policemen, funding is - Speech Link