This report responds to Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster Youth Crime Prevention Partnerships recognition that a public health approach to youth offending and serious youth violence (SYV) is necessary. This requires a focus on prevention and addressing the root causes of youth offending and criminal behaviour. It acts to provide a better understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of the vulnerable cohorts in contact and at risk of being in contact with the youth justice system, and support action amongst key stakeholders with evidence-based insights and recommendations for action.
Given the significant impact of youth offending and serious youth violence on our health and wellbeing, as individuals and in our communities, this report is also the Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for 2020. It is important we take a public health approach to tackling this challenge in our communities.