London Councils back Boris Johnson's 'Time for Action' on youth crime
12:21pm Wednesday 10th December 2008 in News
Councils in London have backed a call for action on youth crime made by Boris Johnson in November.
London Councils, which represents boroughs across the capital, wants the mayor to support existing projects but this week got behind a five point plan aimed at tackling teenage violence.
Councillor Jason Stacey, responsible for crime and public protection at the organisation, said: “Making the streets safe for our young people is a priority all Londoners share.
“The mayor’s strategy will help us address the root causes of youth violence and offer the city’s young people opportunities to fulfil their potential.”
Boris Johnson's plan, dubbed “Time for Action”, includes job training for young offenders in prison, action on truancy, better support for children in care and more sporting activities for young people.
It also sees a greater role for uniformed youth groups, like the scouts, which he believes build self respect.
Councillor James Kempton, responsible for children and young people, said: “Growing up in a world city like London should be all about opportunity, hope and aspiration.
“Our job as political and community leaders is to make this a reality for all young Londoners. We are very keen to work closely with the Mayor to focus on raising young people’s achievement and to promote what we know works.”