Support the campaign
Everyone can do something to support young people. With 93,000 young people living in Croydon – over one-fifth of the population – the future is theirs. The choices young people make can make a positive difference to Croydon – you can choose to be part of this as a supporter and partner.
Why the campaign is important?
Croydon has had an increasing number of knife crime incidents. While the vast majority of young people are not involved in youth violence, there are very real fears and challenges for some young people.
In the last year there have been:
There are 93,000 children and young people in Croydon, the largest population of children and young people in London. Our 0-18 year old population is set to continue to grow. There are currently 14,600 residents aged 16-18 and 23,650 aged 11-16.
Young people are clearly the future of the borough and each one has the potential to make Croydon an even better place to be. They are also part of the solution to youth violence. Help us promote and celebrate the positive choices available to Croydon’s young people.
Give a young person a chance
Young people tell us they need a chance to become the employees and entrepreneurs that Croydon needs. And there are many opportunities ahead due to the £5.25bn regeneration of the town centre and the resulting growth in employment, training and apprenticeships.
Can your business or organisation offer volunteering, apprenticeships or paid work to young people in Croydon?
Can you offer career mentoring such as speaking at school careers events?
Register now with www.croydonworks.co.uk/employers to get information, guidance and support to help young people into the world of work.
Be a responsible trader
Have you signed up to our responsible trader agreement yet? news.croydon.gov.uk/business-back-croydons-choose-campaign you can read more about the government’s policy on knife sales at www.gov.uk/government/publications/sale-of-knives-voluntary-agreement-by-retailers/sale-of-knives-voluntary-agreement-by-retailers also see the Good Employer Charter for Croydon businesses.
Raise the alarm
If you’re a concerned about the safety of a young person you know, see safe.met.police.uk/index.html for support and information.