Youth violence is a major concern in most countries but physical violence among young people is on the decline overall in nearly thirty countries including the UK, according to an international study involving researchers from the University.
The study which involved Professor Fiona Brooks from the University’s Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC) and other international researchers, shows that investment in violence prevention programmes and other support networks do make a difference to the world’s youth.
Over the last decade in the UK, a wide range of programmes have been made available to healthcare workers and educators to reduce violence and associated triggers. These programmes have proven effective and have helped to lower the rates of violence in the UK. Such programmes include developing life skills in children and young people, working with young people who are potentially violent, as well as reducing the availability and misuse of alcohol. Also, many schools across the UK have now signed up to the UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award. This is a UK-wide initiative which helps schools to use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s values.