Decision Maker: Council
Decision status: Information Only
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Councillor Jack Hopkins, Leader of the Council introduced the report and highlighted, that the programme had only existed for one year but there had been considerable progress with implementation. He believed one of the most powerful parts of the strategy was the engagement and was complimentary of Councillor Jacqui Dyer and Councillor Mohammed Seedat for their hard work on this programme.
The external speakers highlighted some of problems faced by young people in Lambeth, these included:
· The work on the Tulse Hill estate to reach out and engage with young people.
· The impact on the mental health of young people who were caught up in the system.
· More support should be provided to young people who were involved with or affected by violent events.
· The services provided by the Gaia Centre mainly targeted those that were aged 11 to 17 who had experienced sexual or domestic violence.
· That networks and partnerships for grassroots organizations in order to provide support be expanded.
Councillor Briggs, Conservative Member, discussed the report explaining the appendices were the most helpful in terms of understanding the strategy and the work stream of the strategy. He felt that parts of the main report were confusing and too broad and some of it needed further clarification. He also advised that the report generally lacked evidence around arguments on inequality and racism.
Councillor Nicole Griffiths, Co-Leader of the Green Group believed that the report was easy to understand and was clear that a lot of effort had gone into the development of the strategy which had the full support of the Green Group and were thankful to the Cabinet Members for taking on their feedback and recommendations. However, Councillor Griffiths advised that they would like to see the following included:
· greater use of youth outreach teams to reach young people; encourage children to attend youth clubs from a younger age;
· extensive, realistic, and relatable education in schools about drugs; better communication with the Police and the Community on Police school visits;
· accessible advice on the Lambeth website that offers guidance to parents that are concerned their child might be involved in dangerous activities
· all school should have access not just to social workers, but also pupil referral units, counselling, experienced youth workers and family support.
Councillor Jacqui Dyer, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety advised that this strategy was an excellent step forward, collectively working together, in a collaborative way to address a difficult change. She explained that every part of the system needed to be involved in order to make progress. The Council needed to continue to involve community members, giving them a voice to help them co-create and co-deliver strategies like these.
RESOLVED: That (1) the progress in relation to the serious youth violence strategy be noted; and that (2) the current and planned future approach be endorsed.
Publication date: 07/02/2020
Date of decision: 22/01/2020
Decided at meeting: 22/01/2020 - Council