Islington Council is to adopt a new Youth Crime Strategy to tackle a rise in violent youth crime in the borough.
Islington, like other areas of London, has seen an increase in youth crime in the past year. Tragically two teenagers, Alan Cartwright and Stefan Appleton, have been killed in Islington in 2015.
Islington’s new Youth Crime Strategy, which has been drawn up in partnership with Islington Police, lays out an action plan to tackle youth crime. Key points include:
A dedicated gangs team
A new, dedicated gangs team will bring together police, the youth offending service, probation service, and children’s social work teams. The team will disrupt gang organisation, acquire intelligence about gang membership, persuade gang members to change their behaviour and take enforcement action, and track down adults who recruit children into gangs and form a link with organised crime
Action and enforcement against offenders
The council will adopt enhanced powers using Integrated Offender Management to “triage” offenders by their behaviour and risk of offending. The most risky offenders will be subject to enhanced enforcement and supervision which can include confiscation of belongings such as cycles, mopeds and TVs where is associated offending, issuing criminal behaviour orders and injunctions, and making full use of landlord powers including serving eviction notices. All young people that come to the attention of police will be visited at their homes.
Action to stop more young teenagers being lured into criminal gangs
The council will increase detached youth work with individual young people who may be at risk, and strengthen its partnership with schools to make sure they refer children they are concerned about. It will also launch a new service for all children who are on “alternative provision” and not attending mainstream schools.
The community working together to help tackle youth crime
A recognition that the whole community – parents, families, neighbours, young people themselves, shops as well as the council, police and schools – have a big part to play in helping stop youth violence. Make sure children and young people have a chance to talk about things that are worrying them. Help residents and the community report crime, and campaign with the community against knife crime.