Students from Parliament Hill and William Ellis schools, who were joint winners of this year's Youth Safety Multi-Media Competition, pictured with Cllr Sabrina Francis, Keir Starmer MP, Abdul Hai OBE and Youth MP Samir Qurashi.
Camden Council has launched its annual local Youth Safety Week with a series of events and activities for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals, which will raise awareness of what is being done in Camden to keep young residents safe – as well as helping to equip young people and the community to stay safe.
Running from 22 to 28 June (with further events and activities also running either side of these dates), this year’s Camden Youth Safety Week is the fourth annual event of its kind in the borough so far – and it comes in the run-up to the fifth anniversary of the publication of Camden’s Youth Safety Taskforce Report, which set in motion a wide range of initiatives to help safeguard young residents.
On Friday (16 June), the winners of Camden’s annual Youth Safety Multi-Media Competition, which encouraged young people to get creative by producing a range of media and arts projects based on the theme ‘keeping children and young people in Camden safe’, were announced.
Entrants used contemporary dance, poetry, documentary film-making and animation to get their messages across.
The joint winners were Mary's charity, with a film about the young people who are supported by the charity, including their hopes, dreams, interests and sense of community and safety, and William Ellis School with Parliament Hill School, whose male and female students jointly produced a film called ‘What it means to be a teen in 2023’. This focuses on the pressures and dangers for young people of social media, the safety and wellbeing of young women and girls, toxic masculinity / peer pressure and mental health. (Note: Mary's are still working on a more finished version of their winning film which will be shared publicly later).
The runners-up in this year's Youth Safety Multi-Media Competition this year were:
Young people involved in the projects won money for their school or youth centre, as well as vouchers for themselves. Two of the runners-up and one of the winners also received funding to help produce their films as part of the Council-run competition.
One of the main events at this year’s Youth Safety Week will be a Young People’s Assembly on young women and girls’ safety, which will be held on 26 June.
Other activities include youth health and wellbeing events, online safety sessions, workshops to tackle toxic masculinity, as well as knife crime awareness sessions and a Windrush 75 free family cultural celebration in Talacre Town Green (Talacre Gardens and Open Space) NW5 on 25 June. Activities and events are hosted by Camden Council youth and family support projects, voluntary and community groups, as well as local health organisations.
The borough’s fourth Youth Safety Week aims to speak directly to communities about issues they may be facing, as well as to hear first-hand from local young people on how we can further support them. Check out the programme of events here.