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Leap Confronting Conflict responds to recent rise in serious violent crime

Rosie Horton, Senior Communications Officer
Sunday 8th April 2018
We have been training and supporting young people affected by gangs and violence for more than 30 years. We also train youth workers, prison officers, social workers and police who work with young people with challenging behaviour. 

In response to the recent rise in serious violence across London and the UK, CEO Thomas Lawson said:

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We have been training and supporting young people affected by gangs and violence for more than 30 years. We also train youth workers, prison officers, social workers and police who work with young people with challenging behaviour. 

In response to the recent rise in serious violence across London and the UK, CEO Thomas Lawson said:

"The recent rise in violent crime is a senseless tragedy. Some young people involved in serious violent crime are involved in drugs and gangs, others are very young people with poor impulse control who make tragic decisions in difficult situations. We have to focus on youth work and early intervention programmes to support young people, many of whom carry weapons out of fear.

We also have to address the growing number of children who are being permanently excluded from school (more than 6,000 last year) because many of them end up in the criminal justice system. Above all, young people need to be at the heart of designing the solutions to knife crime. They are the ones who really understand the fear and the pressures and the best way to address them. There’s no point having a Task Force full of adults.

We are very encouraged to see that Amber Rudd is planning a joined up cross-government approach at the heart of the new strategy. Schools and colleges have a key role to play whilst health services must better support young people with mental health needs. We will also be looking closely to see what role young people and community groups will have in directly driving the strategy forward."

Notes: 

  • Leap's CEO  Tom Lawson will be attending a round table with the Home Secretary in advance of the launch of the strategy
  • Leap's CEO Tom Lawson will be attending Amber Rudd's speech in which the strategy will be launched 
  • Leap will be issuing a further statement after the launch of the strategy

For media enquiries please contact Alicia Edmund, Senior Communications and Policy Officer:

E: Alicia.Edmund@leapcc.org.uk

T: 020 7561 3711, 07545 400 011

 

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