Action For Change - Youth Violence

Youth violence is one of the top priorities for young people in Harrow, and its something they tell us they need more support in (This Is Harrow). This workshop aimed to bring together practitioners, key workers, project and services managers and decision makers from across the public and VCSE sectors to discuss what is and is not working in local provision. We focused on showing the ‘big picture’ issues and what is and isn’t working well in the borough in the way we work together.

It was important to have voices from all parts of children and young people’s services in the room so that we can understand a complete picture. It was a chance to put the big strategic issues that affect us across all sectors and organisations on the table – these included:

Early intervention programmes

Transition periods

Referral systems and processes across organisations and sectors

Services and support for parents

Reaching most at-risk groups

Drivers such as poverty, inequality and housing and barriers that people face accessing services

This first workshop focused on identifying gaps and selecting the priority issue areas where better cross sector collaboration can make a meaningful impact on outcomes for young people.

Youth Violence Timeline

All participants where asked to help develop a time line where Children and Young Peopled aged 0-25 had challenges or blockages that limited their ability to achieve in this area.

Bold indicates an issue that has been identified a number of times by different groups.