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’’.