25 May 2018

On the 24th of May, London Youth supported youth workers from three member organisations to appear before the London Assembly’s Police & Crime Committee.

The Police & Crime Committee‘s role is to scrutinise the Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC), to investigate policing and crime reduction issues in London, and to make recommendations for improvements. The committee is holding an investigation over the summer into the causes of serious crime and youth violence in London, whether the Mayor’s strategy is working in the short-term, and what a better long-term approach would look like. The end product will be a report and recommendations to the Mayor and to central government.

The evidence session

You can watch the full evidence session below or find further information on the meeting here.

These London Youth members provided evidence:

  • Ignite Trust is a faith-based youth organisation based in Harrow that works with young people aged 13-25 to help them re-engage with education, find employment or move away from anti-social behaviour, gang involvement and exploitative relationships
  • Rugby Portobello Trust is a North Kensington charity that helps local young people to build their community by providing facilities, skills, activities and guidance that promote a stable society in a deprived area
  • Hackney Quest has been providing positive support to young people and families in Hackney since 1988 and has made a massive impact on the community by providing positive, long-term support and development projects

Listening to the youth sector

At London Youth, we think it is vital for policymakers to hear the voices of front-line youth workers and work together to make London safe for all young Londoners. Over the last few months, we have been talking to the committee to improve communication between the youth sector and the London Assembly on youth violence issues. If you are involved in anti-youth violence programmes, consider attending our next Tackling Youth Violence Network meeting.

To find out more, please contact Samuel Howell, Policy Officer (samuel.howell@londonyouth.org).