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’’.

Summary: Attached are the slides and link to the recording of the YJB live session concerned with County Lines Pathfinder work.     Description:In November 2020, Home Office and the four county lines Pathfinder YOTs; Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex run the YJB Live session looking at county lines and some of the innovative work taking place. The following link…
Summary: Link to the report from Power the Fight concerned which showcases the experiences of children, families and practitioners around effectiveness of therapeutic responses to violence.     Description:  Power the Fight have published Therapeutic Intervention for Peace Report. The report aims to evidence the experiences of children and young people, families and practitioners in order to improve the effectiveness…
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..
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…