Let's talk crime

Release Date: 13/03/2017

What matters most to children and young people when it comes to community safety was explored at a Youth Crime Conference on Thursday.

Now in its 27th year, the Crime Conference provided by Achieving for Children’s Youth Service continues to provide schools with an excellent opportunity for year nine pupils to discuss and participate in workshops designed to explore the consequences of crime, wellbeing and safety.

This year's conference saw more than 240 pupils from schools across the borough attend the Harlequins, Twickenham Stoop Stadium. They discussed a range of subjects related to youth crime prevention and safety, including healthy relationships, healthy lifestyles and making the right choice.

Aims of the Youth Crime Conference are to:

  • Gather information on crime issues that concern young people and build them into the borough’s policing plan
  • Raise awareness amongst young people of important community safety issues
  • Build constructive relationships between young people and the Police and other agencies
  • Encourage young people to pass on the messages they have learnt

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools, Cllr Paul Hodgins, said:

“The Youth Crime Conference identifies the major issues that matter to young people living in Richmond. They are given the opportunity to listen to advice, receive information, take part in workshops aimed at making them aware of crime and taking care of their health and wellbeing.”

For general advice young people should call the Youth Offending Service or Youth Service on 020 8547 6920 or email iys@achievingforchildren.org.uk.

Updated: 13 March 2017