Following the disorder in cities across in England in August 2011, a review into the growing problem of gangs and gang violence was established.
Lead by the Home Secretary (alongside the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions), the review looked into the scale of the problem of gang and youth violence, analysed its causes, and identified what can be done by government and other agencies to stop the violence and to turn around the lives of those involved.
The cross-government report, published on 1 November 2011, set out detailed plans to make this happen through:
- providing support to local areas to tackle the problem
- preventing young people becoming involved in violence in the first place, with a new emphasis on early intervention and prevention
- pathways out of violence and the gang culture for young people wanting to make a break with the past
- punishment and enforcement to suppress the violence of those refusing to exit violent lifestyles
- partnership-working to join up the way local areas respond to gang and other youth violence