By Donna Sinclair
There has been an upsurge of violence in Lambeth this year: the borough faces a crisis of youth crime. We some of the highest crime statistics for stabbings and murder amongst young people. Our young people are traumatised, constantly living in fear of gangs, stabbings, and horrifically shooting incidents.
What the statuary authorities are attempting on the ground is not working: if it were, our children would not be dying. In the face of statutory failure to deal with the problem, we must empower ourselves and overcome the conspiracy of silence surrounding youth violence. We must act to stem postcode structures, murders, and life-changing psychological and physical injuries.
We urgently need to rethink failing statutory policies. For too long the only remedy has been the criminal justice system. We need joined-up thinking that brings together experts, lawmakers, and affected communities. We need to enable parents to parent their children, and support them where they need help. We need to support our children in schools, and use exclusion only as a very last resort.
Options 4 Change, Karibu Education Centre and Brixton Splash want to bring the community together to demand resources and support for our community, its young people and their parents. This a cry for help from the community of Lambeth: we are putting the Prime Minister on notice that we cannot stand the deaths and damage to our young people any longer.
We must ask ourselves what could have been done to prevent these deaths, and why nothing has been done, and we must act before any more children get hurt.
Donna Sinclair is the CEO of Options 4 Change