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Opportunities in life should not be based on a postcode lottery, but available to all young people, regardless of background and ability. Young people today face an unprecedented range of daily challenges which are often reported in the media and press. All of which, further support our drive to provide every young people across the country, with a safe and inspiring place to spend their leisure time, with access to employability, health and sporting initiatives which make a huge contribution to their emotional and physical wellbeing.
Serious youth violence is a social emergency and the government needs to get a grip on the problem or more teenagers will die, MPs have said.
We need to give desperate young men an alternative to gang culture.
There are 27,000 children aged between 10 and 17 in England who identify as being part of a gang, according to a report by the Children's Commissioner.
England and Wales record 37 deaths so far in 2018 as charity stresses deprivation underlies violence.
Bravado and a need for comradeship is what led many boys to sign up in the Great War and get into street violence today.
The Report Card measures progress towards the five Fair Education Impact Goals which aim to narrow the gaps between the most advantaged and least advantaged students at each stage of education including gaps in skills and wellbeing.
'Untold numbers of children are falling through the gaps and not getting the support they need.'
The Duchess of Cambridge is launching a “lifelong” campaign to help children from deprived backgrounds to reach their potential.
“If people had a chance to come to a place like this, they could get away from their life on the streets.”
An estimated three million children are at risk of going hungry over the holidays, when free school meals are off the menu, and the government has pledged £2m to help provide food and activities for children.
This paper has been prepared by the Big Lottery Fund to summarise learning from the voluntary and community sector on what works in preventing serious youth violence.