Ask young people for help to find the solutions to serious youth violence

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We stand with young people in calling on the Home Secretary, the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police Chief to always put young people first in the mission to find solutions to serious youth violence.

Latest official figures show "high harm" violent crime is on the rise, with the number of young people affected increasing by 17 per cent in London since 2015. No one disputes that this increase must stop. But in the search for solutions, what's missing is the involvement of the young people who have been affected.

The full, genuine involvement of young people is a vital part of tackling the ongoing rise in serious youth violence. Young people with experience of this issue directly understand the long-term causes. It is time that as a society we really listen to them and trust them to be able to contribute to a way forward. Time and again the evidence shows that this process leads to real and lasting change. 

We the undersigned call on you, the Home Secretary, the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police Chief to:

  • Insist that every summit, discussion and event about youth violence includes young people with experience of this issue.
  • Advocate for strategies that tackle youth violence to meaningfully include and represent young people with experience of this issue.
  • Support young people to co-produce any related media and social media campaigns, with full involvement throughout the process to ensure they are relevant.
  • Make a commitment to fully involve young people with experience of this issue in the development of policy making and service design and delivery.
  • Commit to being held to account on the above pledges by young people with experience of this issue.

And that the Mayor of London:

  • Appoints a Deputy Young Mayor for Youth Crime to bring a different perspective and insight to all solutions, decisions and plans for addressing youth violence in London, and to hold these bodies to account.


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