Serious Youth Violence

This section contains a selection of resources including references to relevant research, practice examples, case management guidance and national policy and toolkits.

It also includes the SYV Stocktake, which is a method of self-assessment that can provide senior management with the opportunity to reflect on the service they and their partners provide. It is designed to help them see gaps and strengths in the work they are doing to reduce serious youth violence.

Serious youth violence has been in more recent time been associated to children that are involved or at the periphery of county lines and negative peer groups and this area of the Youth Justice Resource Hub will also contain information concerning children involved in county lines and related activities.

The definition of SYV by the Home Office is as follows:
‘’County lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas [within the UK], using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of “deal line”. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move [and store] the drugs and money and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons’’.

The Serious Youth Violence (SYV) stocktake is an optional method of self-assessment. This tool has been created to provide Youth offending team (YOT) managers and partners with the opportunity and means to reflect on the service they and their partners provide. It is designed to support the partnership to identify gaps and strengths in the work being done to reduce…
The Preventing Gang and Youth Violence: Spotting Signals of Risk and Supporting Children and Young People is a report which aims to support local areas make more informed decisions about (i) how best to identify those children and young people who may be at risk of involvement in gangs or youth violence, and (ii) what types of programmes or interventions…
Ending Gang Violence and Exploitation, sets out the 6 priorities of the new cross-government approach to ending gang violence and exploitation, which include:  Tackle county lines – the exploitation of vulnerable people by a hard core of gang members to sell drugs Protect vulnerable locations – places where vulnerable young people can be targeted, including pupil referral units and residential…
County Lines, a drug distribution model typically involving an urban criminal gang travelling to smaller locations to sell heroin and crack cocaine, is a phenomenon that is impacting various areas in England and Wales. Various Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) have expressed that this issue is of concern, or is becoming a concern, in their local areas, and have requested support…
Catch22 Dawes Unit and University College Birmingham have published a report investigating how the blurring of on and offline relationships among young people has left to safeguarding challenges for professionals. The report is available here on the Catch22 website.
Criminal Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults: County Lines guidance outlines what county lines (and associated criminal exploitation) is, signs to look for in potential victims, and what to do about it. It does not provide information about the entirety of the county lines issue. Further resources about County Lines are available on the Resource Hub here..
Preventing Youth Violence and Gang Involvement (Practical Advice for Schools and Colleges) guidance has been produced as part of the cross-Government work on Ending Gang and Youth Violence and is intended to be used as a resource upon which schools and colleges can draw on. It includes: advice on the support available to address problems of youth violence or gangs;…
Summary: Briefing report, published by National Crime Agency provides a national overview on the threat of ‘county lines’ drug supply, violence and exploitation     County Lines Violence, Exploitation & Drug Supply 2017 briefing report, published by National Crime Agency provides a national overview on the threat of ‘county lines’ drug supply, violence and exploitation. The information assessed for this…
Summary: The Gang Related Violence Operation Group ensures appropriate and timely sharing of information around children involved or at the periphery of gang related activity Age: 10 upwards Sex: n/a Cost: n/a       Description: Thurrock YOS have created and lead on the Gang Related Violence Operation Group. The group, which is chaired by the YOS GRV lead looks both…
Summary: Report published by the Early Intervention Foundation which provides an overview aroundeffective and ineffective approaches aiming to prevent gang involvement and youth violence.     The Early Intervention Foundation have published; What Works to Prevent Gang Involvement, Youth Violence and Crime report, which provides a brief overview of the international literature on effective and ineffective approaches aiming to prevent…
The Repository of Practice on Serious Youth Violence has been developed by London Councils and it contains examples of practice across London boroughs to help prevent and tackle serious youth violence.