Youth Violence Commission Final Report
In the UK, millions of people are now facing extended periods of heightened insecurity and financial hardship. Despite Government aid packages, there is significant potential for various social ills such as unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence and abuse, depression, anxiety and trauma to intensify in the coming months and years.
The Commission’s report explains why poverty and inequality are fundamental drivers of serious violence, both causing and intensifying many of the problems faced by children and young people. With COVID-19 expected to produce a rapid (albeit short-term) increase in unemployment that disproportionately affects young people, tackling rates of child poverty, family insecurity, and the growing chasm of inequality must be a central priority if we are to begin reducing current levels of serious violence.