Camden’s week of action on youth safety, from 10 to 14 February, combines events, performances and workshops to provide support for the borough’s young people and their families and raise awareness of what is being done locally to help keep Camden’s young people safe.
Youth Safety Week will kick off at Camden House, Camden Market, on Monday 10 February with a market place event, bringing together youth services, family support workers, schools and community groups to discuss how to improve youth safety in Camden. The event will also shine a light on the work of aspiring social enterprises by young people in Camden, finishing with a Question Time style session giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions around youth safety and crime to a panel. Book your place here.
During the week, residents can get involved in several workshops, including ‘staying safe online’, ‘talking about substance misuse’ and ‘exclusions and school’ as well as drop-in sessions for parents who may need information and support around youth safety.
Young people aged between 12 and 19 will also have the opportunity to attend a victim support workshop to find out what help is available for people affected by violence.
Boroughs across the Capital are experiencing the devastating effects of youth violence and it’s our priority in Camden to ensure every young person feels safe and lives a life away from crime. By hosting the borough’s first ever Youth Safety Week, we can directly reach out to communities to see what support they may need and find real solutions to the problems we face alongside Camden’s youth services, the police, community groups and schools.
Our annual Camden Youth Shout Out debate will also be taking place in the Council Chamber at the Crowndale Centre on 13 February during Youth Safety Week. The evening will see discussions led by Camden’s Youth MP and Camden Youth Council about youth safety to explore ideas on innovative ways to tackle youth crime in Camden.
In the lead up to Youth Safety Week, the young people’s commissioning team are hosting a ‘Real Talk’ debate on 5 February, giving Camden’s young people the chance to discuss their views around the topic ‘One Choice, Many Lives’. Book your place here (password: 'IdentityCamden').
The winners of the Council’s multi-media competition, which encouraged children and teenagers to get creative by producing a range of media projects based on the theme ‘keeping children and young people in Camden safe’, will also be announced.
As part of Youth Safety Week, graphic novel style artwork commissioned by Lifeline Publications will be displayed on boards in Camden Town (outside the tube station and HSBC bank) on 12 February, from 3 to 6pm, to tell the story of how a young person got involved in crime and then ‘broke the cycle’.
A hard-hitting theatre performance organised by youth clubs in Camden, ‘Breaking the Chain’, will also debut to kick-start conversations about youth violence.