The Youth Violence Commission
Interim Report – July 2018
Youth violence has devastating consequences for individuals, families, communities and society at large. As the MP for Lewisham Deptford, I have personally witnessed the destruction of too many young lives and bright futures. London is experiencing a particularly tragic year but the issue of youth violence is not confined to the capital alone. It is a national issue. It is also a national shame because the violence, injuries and deaths are preventable.
The Youth Violence Commission was established to identify solutions. Through the work that the Commissioners and our core team have undertaken over the past two years, we are now in a position to start articulating our recommendations. The Commission will publish its final report in autumn this year. The final report will provide full analysis of the research that we have conducted as well as detailed policy suggestions. What is already clear at this interim stage is that solutions do not lie with one or two Government departments alone. Preventing youth violence will require a strategic approach involving almost every part of Whitehall and the wider government machine. Successful implementation at the local level will also need to involve deep and extensive collaboration with schools, youth workers, police officers, faith and community leaders – as well as parents and individuals – all playing a part in the creation of a safer, fairer and positive future for our young people.