How we're helping young Londoners escape serious violent crime

Every death as a result of violent crime is an utter tragedy - leaving lives destroyed and families heartbroken.

Mayor Sadiq Khan is helping to create a path away from serious violent crime for young Londoners, tackling the complex root causes of violent crime to help prevent future deaths.

Here's what the Mayor is doing to help young Londoners:

Our London map

Our London map brings together all the incredible activities and events young people can get involved in across London. The aim of the project is to give young Londoners something to do whilst keeping them safe and away from crime. 

From dance classes to kayaking, football to theatre, young Londoners can find an activity to suit them using our interactive map.

London Needs You Alive campaign

The widely shared London Needs You Alive campaign brings together role models and youth influencers to send a positive message to young people - that they shouldn't put their lives at risk by carrying a knife. The campaign recently expanded to engage community groups, faith groups and schools with a new educational toolkit.

Young Londoners Fund

In February 2018, the Mayor created the £45 million Young Londoners Fund to provide young people with positive alternatives to crime and to help Londoners to get out of gangs and violence and into employment and training.

Find out more about the Young Londoners Fund, and register for updates including when the next round of funding will open.

Community Seed Funding

In his comprehensive Knife Crime Strategy, published in June 2017, the Mayor created a new £250,000 Knife Crime Community Seed Fund.

A total of £1.4 million has now been allocated to 43 anti-knife crime projects across the capital. Schemes across 19 boroughs will benefit from the new funding, including the ten boroughs most affected by knife crime.

Violence Reduction Unit

A new Violence Reduction Unit has been established. The Unit will bring the police together with local councils, the health service, community groups and others to work on a shared approach to preventing people from turning to violent crime in the first place. 

Working with local communities

  • The Mayor is working to bring in more Safer Schools Officers to help keep children safe. You can read about the positive impact one Safer Schools Officer is having on pupils in a school in south London
  • The Mayor is investing £1.4 million to continue to provide youth workers in Major Trauma Centres, and place more youth workers in hospital A&E departments, to help steer young Londoners who have been involved in knife crime away from violence in the future
  • The Mayor is investing £2 million in London Gang Exit services to support young people at risk of or engaged in serious violence and help them into employment, education or training
  • The Mayor has granted £7 million to projects combating youth violence across London and £250,000 to community groups and grassroots initiatives

What else we're doing

  • In 2018 MOPAC funding supported the launch of the first pan-London County Lines response service; an investment of £3 million over 3 years. Rescue and Response service supports young people who are vulnerable and caught up in ‘county lines’ drug distribution networks
  • The Mayor has established a Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) and is providing £15 million annually to support its operation. The taskforce enables the MPS to be even more proactive on the streets of the capital, bearing down on violent crime and serious criminality. Violence is still at very serious levels but, since the VCTF was launched in April 2018 up until the end of May 2019, the command has carried out 8,452 weapons sweeps, recovered 910 knives, 651 offensive weapons, 299 firearms and arrested 4,937 suspects
  • Deputy Mayor for Policing, Sophie Linden, and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, visited Scotland to learn about the successful public health approach deployed in Glasgow, which saw a massive decline in violent crime over a decade
  • In June 2018, the Mayor convened a knife crime summit, involving leaders of every London borough to discuss and share best practice on knife crime action plans. Later that month the Mayor, together with Deputy Mayors Sophie Linden and Matthew Ryder, welcomed more than 150 people, community groups and other organisations to City Hall to hear first-hand how best to tackle the root causes of serious youth violence
  • The Deputy Mayor held a Business Community Safety Summit in April, bringing together a wide range of businesses, security professionals and community representatives to explore good practice in relation to preventing and responding to serious incidents of violence within business premises and within that looked at how to support the principles for safe havens and safeguarding. The Summit will share good practice through the development of an online toolkit that can support businesses and havens to prepare for and reduce the risk of a serious incident of violence occurring, respond in the period immediately after an incident of serious violence occurs and support employees, customers and wider community to recover from such an incident in the longer-term

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