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Young Advisers to explore policing and youth crime reduction

MOPAC fund Merton’s Safer Neighbourhood Board ‘Young Advisers’ project.

The Mayors Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) have granted over 4k of funding to Merton’s Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) to develop a ‘Young Advisors’ programme to explore policing and youth crime reduction.

Young Advisors is a programme, supported by Merton’s Young People’s Participation and Engagement Team, which brings together young people to act as an advisory group on thematic issues. These groups are created as and when the need arises, in an attempt to access concrete, informed consultation with young people about issues that are relevant to them.

The team submitted the successful bid to MOPAC, in partnership with Merton Police Cadets and the Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB). The project will put together a Young Advisors group, supporting them in a peer educator role to plan and implement social action campaigns to support young people’s understanding of policing in the borough and the reduction of youth crime. It will also provide training and development to upskill the young advisors to be able to represent young people on the SNB.

For more information on the work of the Young People’s Participation and Engagement Team please contact chelsea.renehan@merton.gov.uk.

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