The riots across England in 2011 placed gang and youth violence firmly in the headlines and resolutions to these issues remain high priority for both central government and local places.
A partnership approach has been at the heart of tackling gang and youth violence, with the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions and other departments setting this out in a cross-government report in response to the riots.
The Ending Gang and Youth Violence (EGYV) programme, which emerged as a commitment from the joint report, is now providing support to 43 local areas across the country. Many of these local areas have been creating local, multi-agency partnerships through which they can combine resources and share information to tackle the causes of gang and youth violence, and to prevent crime.
The significance of information sharing across these partnerships makes tackling gang and youth violence an area of interest for the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing. We have been working with local places to understand the barriers that prevent effective information sharing and are supporting them in identifying practical solutions to overcome these obstacles.
The findings of the report are aimed at professionals who are directly involved in tackling gang and youth violence, or those who have an interest in the safeguarding of vulnerable people more generally.
Rather than provide a prescriptive ‘how to’ guide, it is intended to support agencies in identifying the benefits of sharing information, the potential barriers they need to consider when developing partnerships, and the challenges they will need to address in order to ensure their approach is sustainable.
Read reflections on the workshop from our team:
- Risk and reward – the role of information sharing in EGVY
- Breaking down information sharing barriers to tackle violence
- “The gangs share information better than we do”
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