Legacy of the Mayor's Mentoring Programme (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3356
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Mayor's Mentoring Programme was introduced following the worrying increase in serious youth violence in London at the start of your first term. Now that knife crime with injury amongst young people is increasing again, has your approach to combat this issue failed?

Answer

Answer for Legacy of the Mayor's Mentoring Programme (2)

Answer for Legacy of the Mayor's Mentoring Programme (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My Mentoring Programme achieved its target of pairing 1,000 boys with mentors. The programme delivered 12-month mentoring relationships to black boys aged between 10-16 who were at risk of exclusion and low school achievement.  The programme was also only one element of my overall approach to prevent young people from becoming involved in criminality and intervene with those that have.

The increase in serious youth violence is of course a concern and the police, MOPAC and I remain committed to a combined approach of proactive enforcement, prevention and intervention.

My Office for Policing And Crime is funding a range of programmes to tackle gangs and serious youth violence at a local level and across London.