More safe spaces for more young people

Families are hurting in our city. For many reasons including broken relationships, poverty, addiction, mental health and, a more visceral perpetrator of hurt, knife crime – currently, a contentious topic of conversation. We cannot ignore what is going on in our communities and whilst pondering how we got to this place of ‘crisis’ the question that everyone is trying to answer is: ‘What do we do to make things better?’

We’re working with both parishes on the ground, and expert external partners, to look at what we can do together to tackle the issues.

We’re supporting and encouraging more initiatives to ensure that our young people have safe spaces to be. We’re also looking at our response to the wider structural issues that are causing the violence on our streets with young people. Tackling both at the same time means we pray and hope with confidence for a safer city for all our young people and their families.

Pan London Serious Violence Summit 2018

Over two hundred and fifty people from churches across London gathered at Southwark Cathedral on Tuesday 13 November for a summit on the increasing violence in the capital. Recognising that this is not an issue for London alone those present sought to find ways of working to seek to halt the violence and killing.

The Revd Les Isaac, CEO of Ascension Trust, called for an end to the killings in months, rather than the years it has been suggested it might take, and spoke of the need “to get out and understand what young people need and what can help them to move away from violence”.

Mercia Perin, a former Mentor with XLP, recieved the biggest reaction of the day when she spoke from the young person’s viewpoint. She reminded people of the African proverb ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ but went on to say “but if that child doesn’t feel part of the village, they will burn it down to feel its warmth”.

Below are the talks from the Summit and links to partner organisations. Please do contact Capital Mass if you want to take this conversation forward.

Opening Talks


A Biblical View

A London View

A Young Person’s View

A School’s View

A Police View


How can churches support those affected by Serious Youth Violence?

How can churches be welcoming places for young people involved in or at risk of serious youth violence?

How can a church be active in its community to prevent serious youth violence?

Summary, Commitment and Commissioning



The Rt Revd Joanne Woolway Grenfell reflects on the biblical imperative to work to stopping youth violence in our capital.



Further resources will be uploaded soon