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Lambeth's Community Plan
The Safer Lambeth Executive
(SLE) received a presentation on the context and challenges
currently facing the borough. Members were asked to consider the
initial data produced as part of the strategic assessment before
agreeing on the top priorities to be targeted by the Safer Lambeth
Partnership over the next five years.
The SLE were advised about the
following challenges facing the borough:
- Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) – there had
been a significant rise in recorded cases of VAWG. Evidence
suggested that this reflected an increase in reporting.
Nonetheless, Lambeth experienced very high levels of
- Violence Against the
Person (VATP) – Increasing London-wide, but more violence
with injury recorded in Lambeth than most similar
- Gang Crime - Gun
crime remained high and there had been a recent surge in Serious
Youth Violence. The SLP was asked to consider whether Gang Crime
should be considered separately VATP.
- Anti-Social Behaviour
(ASB) – Covered a wide range of issues. According to the last
residents’ survey, ASB was no longer the main issue of
concern; however Lambeth had the third highest level of ASB police
call-outs of all London boroughs.
- Drugs and alcohol -
Lambeth was substantially overrepresented for drug trafficking
offences and was experiencing an increasing trend for drug
possession, opposite to the London wide trend.
- Prevent – All
Prevent initiatives were funded directly by the Home Office. SLP
Members were asked to consider whether it was appropriate to grant
Prevent priority status given the lack of data on the
presentation, Members of the SLE discussed the challenges facing
the Partnership and made the following key points:
- Careful consideration
was required before selecting gang crime as a key priority. Data
around gang crime was not an exact science it was not always
possible to fully relate it with Serious Youth
- It was important to
select VAWG as a key priority.
- Many of the issues
highlighted were closely intertwined. It was important to evidence
the links between different priorities.
- The drug market had
transformed in recent years to one that was less visible and more
heavily connected to organised crime.
- Whilst the
Partnership would not lose sight of more acquisitive crimes, it was
important to select the high impact crimes as the key priorities
for the SLP.
- The Partnership
needed to initiate a prevention agenda to tackle Serious Youth
Violence. This should be a key priority.
- Serious Youth
Violence and VATP were two of the key problems in Lambeth and
needed to be tackled as a matter of urgency.
- Reducing ASB was a
partnership activity and should also be treated as a priority.
However ASB covered a wide range of problems and energy should be
focused on combatting only the most pertinent issues.
- The Partnership would
be subject to increased financial pressure moving forward and there
was no intention to create new programmes of work. However, more
could be done to link ongoing projects and programmes.
- Prevent would remain
within the activities of the SLP but would ...
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Serious Youth Violence: Group discussion
Following a recent spike in
Serious Youth Violence, representatives from the Metropolitan
Police Service (MPS) advised the group on recent events and
requested that the SLP considered its immediate response and longer
term strategic approach to the rising problem.
Broadly there was understood to
be a link between Serious Youth Violence, gang crime and organised
drug crime; however other factors such as mental health and loss of
status were also believed to have contributed to the London-wide
spike in youth violence. The MPS would not be able to eradicate the
problem solely through enforcement activities and the Partnership
was encouraged to formulate a strategy to combat serious youth
violence through early intervention and community
Members of the SLE discussed
the rise in Serious Youth Violence and made the following key
- There was not enough
information about the recent rise in Serious Youth Violence and at
this stage the reasons for the uplift remained unclear. More
analysis was required to identify whether the rise in violence
represented one problem or a range of issues.
- Work could be
commissioned externally to look into the spate of crimes and
investigate the root causes.
- The decline of the
third sector could be reducing the amount of successful
preventative work taking place in local communities. It was
difficult to statistically prove rates of prevention.
- Short term action was
required before schools broke up for the summer holidays. However
any initiatives or targeted communication within schools would need
to have the support of Headteachers and
staff. It was also important to seek advice from the Young Lambeth
Cooperative (YLC), youth service providers and the voluntary sector
about how best to tackle the problem.
- Lack of resource was
a major short term problem for the YLC and voluntary sector.
Partners needed to support the voluntary sector and lobby the
Mayor’s office for financial investment.
- Lambeth Fire Service
had been at the forefront of the borough’s youth engagement,
working with a wide range of young people to help them out of gangs
and into employment.
- A key area for
improvement for the prevention of Serious Youth Violence and Gang
Crime was the intervention age, which needed to be lower (e.g.
11-12 years old and younger). The Partnership also had a
responsibility to provide meaningful employment opportunities to
young people who had turned away from violence. Overall there
needed to be a common identification and referral mechanism that
all partners could implement.
- It was vital there
was better communication between partners to avoid positive schemes
being run in isolation.
- The voluntary sector
was under severe financial pressure and the number of youth workers
was reducing. Long term investment in the voluntary sector was
required to reduce the level of Serious Youth Violence and the SLP
needed to strengthen its ties with existing youth
- In the short term the
MPS would be focussing on enforcement activity, however this would
not provide the whole solution. Community leaders could often be
more effective at combatting violence and the community
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