Strategic Ambitions for London: Gangs & Serious Youth Violence Marie Snelling, Director IOM Programmes and Neighbourhoods, MOPAC
A little bit of history LCRB DMG commissioned the first partnership anti-gangs strategy in 2012, which launched in 2013 with an ambition to annually refresh. There were a number of key achievements under the first strategy: MOPAC and boroughs are sustainably funding 25 gangs projects through the London Crime Prevention Fund at a value of approximately £3m per year over the next four years. Introduction of a CPS gangs flag and dedicated borough prosecutors. Development of a community impact statement and prison impact statement for use in the secure estate. CAMHS and YOT pilots in south and west London – integrating mental health support into YOTS. Girls and Gangs strategic framework published online. This aims to support partners in improving the identification of and response to girls at risk.
Refreshing the Strategy To oversee the delivery of the strategy, a Gangs Panel was created in 2013, chaired by the DMPC. To inform the strategy refresh, MOPAC conducted a literature Review, online survey and held consultation with partners. Approximately 320 individuals or organisations responded. These informed the Strategic Ambitions for London: Gangs & Serious Youth Violence which was launched at an international Summit in June
Gangs in London The Trident Matrix contains a total of 3,495 individual gang members, of 224 known gangs. 70% of the individuals are aged between 17 and 23 years of age A total of 93% had a previous sanction, such as conviction, caution, warning or reprimand 61% of gang members have been a victim of any crime. 23% of females and 4% of males identified themselves as victims of sexual violence or exploitation within or by gangs (Office of the Children's Commissioner).
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Strategic Ambitions for London: Gangs & Serious Youth Violence To reduce the harm caused by gangs the Strategic Ambitions set out an approach that focuses on 1. Prevention 2. Intervention 3. Enforcement Underpinned by: Leadership and Coordination Performance and Governance
Next steps – Delivering the Strategic Ambitions & Measuring Success Since June, progress has been made in several key delivery strands including Securing £600,000 for specialist youth support in London's four Major Trauma Centres. £460,000 for mental health and safeguarding training provided to 8,000 professionals across London – including teachers, youth workers, police officers and health staff – so they can spot the signs of mental illness and emotional trauma among both gang members and vulnerable victims. London First and MOPAC businesses event – 11 th September