Public health model to reduce youth violence

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Last Thursday, parliament held a debate, 'Public health model to reduce youth violence'. 

The Home Office released its Serious Violence Strategy earlier this year aiming to take a public health approach to violence. London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, subsequently announced the launch of London's own Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) in the wake of Glasgow's own VRU outcomes. 

In November, the Centre published, Young people, violence and knives, a briefing exploring the causes of knife violence and evaluating different approaches to violence reduction. The briefing promotes a public health response and argues that current responses being labelled 'public health' are often such in name only.