How Can We Tackle Serious Youth Violence?
Please read this page in conjunction with the information page on Child Exploitation
Incidents of Serious Youth Violence (SYV) have increased dramatically over the last few years. The number of police-recorded victims of SYV increased by 71 per cent from 2012 to 2018. Encouragingly, there was a 4% reduction in 2018/19. The proportion of hospital admissions involving a sharp instrument or knife injury for those aged under 25 has increased from 25 per cent in 2013 to 38 per cent in 2017.
Analysis published by City Hall in July 2019 confirms a strong link between serious youth violence and Londoners affected by deprivation, poor mental health and poverty. The information on this page is informed by this study.
When does Serious Youth Violence happen?
The time of day when violent incidents among young people occur varies by the age of the young people:
For the victims aged 10-16, incident patterns reflect school finishing times, whereas for the victims aged 18-24 years, incident patterns more closely reflect the night-time economy and associated activities
Violent incidents for children aged 10-16, are most likely to take place after school, between 3pm and 10pm, Monday to Friday, and between 1pm and 10pm on Saturday and Sunday. The peak days are Thursday and Friday, with the weekend being the quietest days
Violent incidents for those 18 years and over are most likely to occur between 6pm and midnight across the full week; with noticeable increases in incidents between 9pm on Friday and Saturday until 4am the next day. Saturday and Sunday were the clear peak days; although Sunday’s prevalence is due to Saturday night incidents
The violent incidents for victims of all ages, as recorded by the British Transport Police, show offending increases from mid-afternoon (3pm) until midnight every day of the week, with Saturday the overall peak day for offending.