Tackling knife crime
Camden, in common with other parts of London, has seen a rise in knife crime with injuries, with young people often the victims of violent crime.
We launched a Youth Safety Taskforce to look at this growing issue of concern. The council, police and other local partners, such as voluntary youth services, are keen to look at the causes and come up with possible solutions to the problem before it gets any worse.
Extensive engagement with the local community formed a key part of the evidence-gathering and the Taskforce went out into neighbourhoods to hear the views of residents directly – and especially the views of local young people.
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
Youth Safety Fund
Camden schools and community organisations have been awarded £500,000 worth of grants for innovative two-year projects to help keep Camden young people safe.
The funding is shared between 12 projects, ranging from initiatives to prevent young people being permanently excluded from school to targeted youth outreach work with at risk groups, including young people involved in gangs, and programmes to help young people to develop life skills and employment skills.
The grants, which were announced in June 2019, have been awarded by the Camden Youth Safety Fund, which was created by the Council following the Camden Youth Safety Taskforce report (see above). Successful applicants to the fund had to show how they would help deliver the Youth Safety Taskforce report recommendations under the five headings of prevent, identify, support, disrupt and enforce. Many of the projects will start this summer, with school-based projects getting underway in the autumn term. Find out more here
Find out more
- If you would like to contact us or get involved in making Camden safer for our young people, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other relevant links and documents
- £500,000 for projects to help keep Camden young people safe
- Final report from Camden's Youth Safety Taskforce published - news item
- Camden Rise website - activities, opportunities and support for young people in Camden
- Mayor of London’s campaign - ‘London Needs You Alive’
- Home Office 'Knife-Free' campaign
- Camden Council response to government consultation on youth violence (PDF)