Home Office Serious Violence Strategy - St Giles Trust's response
In the wake of a week when nine people in the capital have tragically lost their lives, St Giles Trust welcomes the Serious Violence Strategy announced by The Home Office today (9 April 2018) and considers it a pragmatic and practical approach towards tackling a complex issue.
However, today’s announcement from The Home Office gives us good news. We particularly welcome the support for prevention through the Early Intervention Youth Fund and measures to nationally co-ordinate county lines interventions through the National County Line Co-ordination Centre.
Our partnership work in the Royal London Hospital’s Major Trauma Centre helps young victims of serious violence and offers these very vulnerable young patients care and support to access other services, engage with education and employment opportunities and reduce the risk of re-admissions.
Insights from our frontline staff on the SOS Project tell us that county lines activity is a key driver behind serious violence as drug gangs adopt increasingly brutal tactics. Sadly, those at the sharp end are some of the most vulnerable young people in our society.
“For too long, people have been living in fear. The type of violence we have been witnessing has had a ripple effect on whole communities and sadly many people have innocently lost their lives through simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
“We hope today’s strategy will help bring people round the table and help us tackle this issue in the holistic, joined-up way it needs. Every life is precious and this is a real opportunity to ensure that future ones are not needlessly lost.”