Youth support services

Youth Safety Taskforce

Taskforce to help young people stay safe

We’ve launched a Youth Safety Taskforce to look at this growing issue of concern. Camden has seen an eight per cent rise in knife crime with injuries in the last year, according to the latest official crime figures, with young people often the victims of violent crime.

This is well below the London-wide increase of 18% over the same period (October 2016 to September 2017), compared with the previous year. The council, police and other local partners, such as voluntary youth services, are keen to look at the causes of the smaller but still significant increase in Camden and come up with possible solutions to the problem before it gets any worse.

Camden politicians and senior council officers are working with local police chiefs, voluntary youth services, young people and parents as part of the Camden Youth Safety Taskforce, which will also look at how young people are often the victims of knife crime.

What is the taskforce looking at?

  • patterns of youth offending and violence in Camden and across London, using the latest data and research
  • youth services in Camden, which are still relatively well-funded compared with other parts of the country and despite cuts to our budget by the government
  • what we can learn from initiatives in other cities – for example, recent work to combat youth gangs and violence in Manchester
  • the role of social media in provoking or helping to instigate youth violence and victimisation
  • how it feels to be a young person in Camden and hear from victims of youth violence and their families.

Report your concerns

  • If you are concerned about a young person at risk, call 020 7974 3317 (daytime) or 020 7974 4444 (out of hours)
  • If a young person is in immediate danger or a crime has been committed, call the police on 999
  • You can also report concerns about crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
  • Respond to our online Youth Safety in Camden survey here

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