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.

Diocese of London Lent Appeal 2021: Challenging Youth Violence

Information and resources here

Recent Blog Posts

Affecting Change

What is clear is that the problems of serious youth crime are not going away and will need continued co-operation and work from many different agencies and partners. Hope In Tottenham (HiT) worked with the Haringey Safer Neighbourhood Board and a coalition of six secondary schools and one PRU to sponsor a Haringey Youth Summit - bringing hope and co-operation for all.

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Why strengthening families could be the answer to Major Youth Violence

Might we consider the church as a resource? And could volunteer-led initiatives like Kids Matter, an early intervention parenting programme, run in partnership with the church, be part of a plan to tackle knife crime in our communities?

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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



Further resources will be uploaded soon