The Met has announced a new partnership initiative with London Village Network to help fight knife crime in the capital.
Set up in 2014, London Village Network (LVN) aims to change the life paths of the most vulnerable, especially care leavers, those caught in the criminal system and all those growing up in deprived communities. It supports the inclusion and equality of vulnerable young people, including prison leavers, care leavers and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, typically at risk of exclusion from school or becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).
LVN has developed an App which functions as a Youth Outreach and Support Tool providing a signposting and youth mapping function helping young people see the support available in their area including job and apprenticeship opportunities, local events and other youth services. It is designed so that young people can swipe through the 1,400 opportunities in the capital and also provides a portal for volunteers to sign up to help.
The Met Police have announced they will pilot using the function to signpost young people to opportunities whilst encouraging organisations to sign up.
Chief Inspector Jack Rowlands said: “It is really positive to see an application that not only offers opportunities for young people, but for organisations too, to showcase what they can do to help.
“The Metropolitan Police Service will be able to signpost young people to use the application and access opportunities. In addition, we can share the LVN app with organisations that we work with to enable them to sign up and highlight what they do. Using an accessible and effective digital platform, we hope that we are able to provide more opportunities to young people and help to keep them safe from violence and harm.”
Read more about the work of LVN here.