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Gangs and Youth Violence Group

The Gangs and Youth Violence Positive Action Group was set up to identify the role of sport in tackling gangs and youth violence. It ran between 2015 – 2018.

The group was Co-Chaired by Tanayah Sam of TSA Projects and Craig Pinkney of Birmingham Community University. It was made up of representatives from statutory services, Public Health England, PCC’s and third sector organisations from across England and Wales.

The group worked towards the following objectives:

  • Advocating on behalf of the sector
  • Building the evidence base

The group collectively delivered a national engagement exercise with young people across England and Wales. The findings were fed into the Youth Violence Commission which was established with the recognition that tackling youth violence is the responsibility of all society. The commissioners are therefore comprised of MPs from across different political parties, in order to seek a genuine cross party consensus on solutions to address youth violence. The commissioners will be working alongside the commission’s academic and strategic partners to seek evidence based policy solutions, with the aim of ultimately getting each political party to sign up to the final report’s recommendations before the next General Election.

Since 2018, the Alliance of Sport also attended meetings convened by DCMS and Sport England to help identify the role of sport in tackling serious youth violence. The meetings were attended by multiple key stakeholders and supported an investment in activity over the summer holidays in 2019.

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