Home Office – Serious Violence Strategy 2018

Serious Violence Strategy Launched at Enthusiasm Trust

On the 9th of April 2018, Victoria Atkins MP visited Enthusiasm Trust at our Cotton Lane Youth Centre to launch The Serious Violence Strategy. On the day she was met by Enthusiasm Staff, Volunteers and Young people. Enthusiasm Trust are cited as an organisation that is seen to delivering on this agenda by the Homes Office.

Victoria Atkins MP Launching the Serious Violence Strategy at Cotton lane Youth Club, Enthusiasm Trust

The Serious Violence Strategy sets out the government’s response to serious violence and recent increases in knife crime, gun crime and homicide.

Click the image below to open the strategy document.

Action found in the strategy is centred on 4 main themes:

    • tackling county lines and misuse of drugs
    • early intervention and prevention
    • supporting communities and local partnerships
    • law enforcement and the criminal justice response

The strategy describes a range of initiatives including:

  • a new £11 million Early Intervention Youth Fund to support communities for early intervention and prevention with young people for 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020
  • the development of a new National County Lines Co-ordination Centre to tackle violent and exploitative criminal activity associated with county lines
  • funding to help deliver a new round of heroin and crack action areas
  • more rounds of the anti-knife crime Community Fund of up to £1 million for 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020
  • more funding for young people’s advocates working with gang-affected young women and girls

The strategy focuses on early intervention and prevention which can help catch young people before they go down the wrong path, encouraging them to make positive choices.