The Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Committee tomorrow will be finalising its report on estate safety in Hackney.
As part of the review, we heared from Hackney Youth Parliament representatives about what steps can be taken to make reporting ASB and other issues easier for young people.
Two wards in Hackney have youth-led crime fighting panels. Panels of young people from two large estates in the borough meet Police and Council officers every couple of months to agree on priorities for action to make their neighbourhoods safer. At the meetings, Police share up-to-the-minute data on crime figures, youth crime trends and patterns as well as listening to young people's concerns. The project aims to build trust between the authorities and young people; create a bond between the generations and give young people a stronger voice and platform to express their concerns about safety within their communities.
Council officers will be working with representatives from the Youth Parliament and Hackney Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams to roll out this initiative to other areas in the borough.
Young people interested in joining the youth crime action panels should click on www.met.police.uk/hackney and scroll down to find contact details of their local safer neighbourhoods team.