New analysis on violence reduction in London

30 January 2020

A new report today finds that there is great potential for the quality of learning from homicides and other violent incidents in London, particularly incidents of youth violence, to improve.

The analysis, from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), does however highlight that the current quality of learning from statutory reviews is insufficient.

Commissioned by the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), SCIE have produced this thematic review of homicides across London, in order to establish key causation factors and common patterns. It will also help to bring forward recommendations for the VRU and partners to consider in developing a longer-term approach to violence reduction in the capital.

The report is to sit alongside a Strategic Needs Assessment, conducted by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT).

Commenting, Ewan King, Chief Operating Officer at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), says:

This research demonstrates that statutory reviews following homicides or serious injury are really valuable. It also highlights important new insights gained when learning across sectors are put together. This work is unique: It’s brought together statutory reviews including local child safeguarding practice reviews, safeguarding adult reviews, domestic homicide reviews and mental health homicide reviews. And there’s a great potential for these reviews to lead to improvements. It's vital that we work together to shine a light on what is happening and improve learning across agencies to tackle violence effectively.

The report also finds that youth violence – the topic well within the media spotlight – is not the full picture of violence in London. Strategies to tackle violence must take into account how it affects a wide range of groups who have different circumstances and backgrounds. Other groups at risk of experiencing violence include, children within their families, women, older people and carers, vulnerable adults and adults living in supported or residential accommodation.

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