Gangs and Serious Youth Violence

Working Together for a Safer Islington – a partnership response to tackling youth crime in our borough

Islington’s new youth crime plan, Working Together for a Safer Islington, was launched on Monday, 12 June 2017.

Working Together for a Safer Islington sets out a blueprint for tackling youth crime until 2020 with a focus on prevention and early intervention and safeguarding.

The launch of the youth crime plan is tied into a series of events and activities throughout June, including:

 A poster competition about mobile phone theft for children and young people.  We are asking young people to think about how they can look after their phones and keep them safe, and design a poster to spread the message. As well as cash prizes, the winning design will be used as part of an anti-crime campaign over the summer

  • Activities and information to promote safety at our youth clubs and Hubs
  • Rose Bowl Youth Hub are working with young people to produce an original anti-knife crime song about staying safe
  • Managing Adolescent Risk conference on Friday, 16 June
  • Junior Citizens programme for primary schools from 19 June until 7 July
  • County lines round table meeting chaired by Cllr Joe Caluori on Tuesday 27 June.

June also sees the start of a new late-night outreach youth work initiative on Friday and Saturdays over the summer.  The assertive outreach team, including youth workers from St Giles Trust (many of whom are ex-gang members), will work until midnight on Fridays and Saturday advising and supporting vulnerable young people who are out over the weekend.

If you have any concerns about a young person becoming involved in crime please call 020 7527 2600 for help and advice.

If you have been a victim of crime and would like support call Islington Victim Support on 020 7336 1770.

If you want to report a crime or anti-social behaviour incident in your area call the non-emergency number: 101.

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A child who is affected by gang activity or serious youth violence may have suffered, or may be likely to suffer, significant harm through physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

The YOS inspection (2015) highlighted a need for us to better recognise significant harm to children that may arise as a result of gang involvement and violent incidents such as stabbings. It also noted we need to better recognise and respond to the risk of harm to siblings and girlfriends of gang involved children and young adults.  

The safeguarding risks posed by violent gang crime are a consistent and striking issue for Islington and pose a major concern for all agencies working to safeguard children.

Effective safeguarding procedures are essential to support children associated with gang members; those who have been drawn into the periphery of gangs; as well as promoting the exit from gangs of the small but significant number more heavily involved. Procedures also crucially need to protect those who are at immediate risk of harm either as gang members and/or (potential) victims of gang related behaviour.

For more information on gangs or serious youth violence, please contact: Integrated Gangs Team (including the Police Gangs Unit) IGT@islington.gov.uk

The Bronze Group

The Bronze Group is a multi agency operational meeting which aims to prevent and reduce young people’s involvement in gang activity, group offending and violent crime in Islington. The work of the Bronze Group is underpinned by the overall aim to prevent harm to children and young people. It aims to do this through the sharing of information and the most effective coordination of resources to work with individuals and groups.

For further information on The Bronze Group please contact Catherine Briody at catherine.briody@islington.gov.uk   Tel: 0207 527 6662