News 2021: 10 items (Violence)

13/09/2021: Youth Endowment Fund to support violence reduction research

More than £700,000 has been awarded by the Youth Endowment Fund to support research into keeping children safe from violence, it has been announced. The money will be used to evaluate projects working with children and young people run by smaller organisations that often do not get to test their work using some of the most robust types of research such as randomised control trials (RCTs) because such evaluations only work when there are lots of children and young people taking part in a project.

09/09/2021: Anne Longfield launches commission to protect children from gangs

Anne Longfield, the former children’s commissioner for England, has launched her independent commission to prevent children becoming involved in gangs and crime. The Commission on Young Lives has a particular focus on preventing young people falling victim to gang county lines drug distribution networks.

07/09/2021: New Tool For Anonymous Reporting Of Unsafe Areas

The Home Office and the National Police Chief’s Council have just launched a new tool called StreetSafe for anyone to anonymously tell the police about public places where they have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, eg street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, eg being followed or verbally abused. The service is being launched as a pilot and the police are making it clear that it is not to be used for report crime or other specific incidents. This is because the tool is designed to be anonymous, so the police would not be able to respond in any case.

22/08/2021: What happens to the children of women killed by men?

In the latest part of our series, we highlight the lack of official support in the UK for traumatised youngsters and those left to pick up the pieces. But, amid the grief, is there still hope for the future?

Read: Guardian

20/08/2021: Teachers in England encouraged to tackle ‘incel’ movement in the classroom

Teachers can help counteract the rise of the “incel” movement and the dangers of misogyny with school lessons on respect for women and healthy relationships, ministers believe. A government source said that Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, expects teachers to be able to tackle the risks from incel culture through the relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) curriculum within schools.

Read: Guardian

11/08/2021: Five new programmes to tackle youth violence in 2021

A raft of experts and charities have announced new programmes to help tackle youth violence amid fears there could be an increase in young people targeted by criminal gangs sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic. Former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield is among experts who have issued warnings over the issue.

11/08/2021: £10m youth violence prevention scheme launches

A £10m funding initiative to back programmes that support families to keep children safe and divert them away from violent crime has been launched. The funding will back parenting programmes in England and Wales, including those for foster carers and residential care workers, to help parents and children develop positive behaviours.

09/08/2021: Longfield to lead independent commission on gangs and criminal exploitation

Former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield will examine the scale of child criminal exploitation and come up with ways to cut the number of children used by gangs as part of an independent commission due to launch next month.

27/07/2021: Crime plan invests in measures to tackle youth violence

Schools and hospitals in violent crime hotspot areas will receive additional funding to prevent youth violence under new measures announced by the government. The Beating Crime Plan, announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel today, includes £45m in specialist support for education settings to prevent violence, and an additional £17m for Violence Reduction Units (VRU) to divert those at greatest risk.

25/07/2021: ‘You’d walk out if your husband hit you – you can’t when it’s your child’

Most parents never have to worry about being attacked by a violent child, but if it happens, they face a dilemma. They can’t just walk out – and they may fear that seeking help will have repercussions for their child. Research suggests the problem is often hidden, and far more common than we imagine.

Read: BBC

23/07/2021: Youth violence likely to explode over summer, UK experts fear

Experts and charities have raised the alarm about rising youth violence in the UK and say it could erupt over the summer, aggravated by Covid lockdowns, mental health problems and months out of education. Overstretched youth services lack the funding and resources needed to tackle the problem and are bracing themselves for a surge in violence similar to that seen when lockdown was lifted last year, according to Kayleigh Wainwright, the director of collective action at the national charity UK Youth.

Read: Guardian

22/07/2021: ‘I thought rape isn’t something that happens to men’

Alex Feis-Bryce was 18 when he was raped by a stranger at a party. He had recently come out as gay, and moved from his small town to Manchester to study.

Read: BBC

21/07/2021: Plan to tackle violence against women and girls to launch

Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to announce the strategy today (21 July) which includes the creation of a police position dedicated to keeping women and girls safe, a new 24/7 rape and sexual assault helpline commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and tougher measures to prevent sexual harrassment in schools and higher education settings.

18/07/2021: Knife crime: Mum tells teenagers about her son’s murder (Video)

Jean Foster’s son Christopher was murdered in a case of mistaken identity in 2013 while out with friends in Borough High Street. She’s been telling her story to teenagers at a school in east London to try to deter them from carrying a knife and getting involved with violent gangs. The presentation was part of a campaign by the Metropolitan Police to try to curb a potential rise in violent crime as lockdown restrictions ease ahead of the school summer holidays.

Read: BBC

07/07/2021: Epidemic of violence against women under way in England and Wales

Women and girls are being subjected to an epidemic of violence that requires a “radical and bold” shift in how authorities in England and Wales tackle crimes that disproportionately affect female victims, a police watchdog has warned.

Read: Guardian