Last Thursday, to coincide with the Mayor of London’s new police and crime plan, we gathered 15 young people to hear about their experiences of violence, crime and policing in London. The session was attended by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, along with Deputy Mayor, Sophie Linden.
The police and crime plan for the next four years has been launched, in draft, and is open to consultation. So we opened the floor to some of the amazing young people we work with to give them the chance to share how they really feel about growing up in the capital.
The young people were fantastically honest about their experiences, and those of their peers. Topics included sexual violence, gangs and youth violence, and police treatment. The session allowed them to voice their opinions directly to the policy makers.
Huge thanks to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for coming along, and for listening and asking questions. You can see the new draft police and crime plan here. The consultation is open until Thursday 23 February 2017.
Our Chief Executive, Claire Hubberstey, said about the police and crime plan:
“We are delighted that the Mayor of London is committing to making the voices of Londoners heard. Empowering young people and involving them in everything we do is central to our ethos as a charity: the Mayor’s visit has allowed us to give young people the opportunity to voice their opinions to the Mayor directly, and ensure that their contributions are valued.
The Mayor’s priorities for London chime with Safer London’s values. We also know that young people experiencing issues such as sexual exploitation or knife crime need tailored, victim-centred support, and I look forward to working with the Mayor to ensure that the delivery of the police and crime plan keeps Londoners and their safety at heart.”